Spreading the Word

Goodall began to write about what she had discovered. Yet, many scientists were not sure about her work. They didn’t think it counted. They didn’t think she was a “real” scientist.

She needed to prove herself. She needed to do more work. The National Geographic Society had an idea. They told Goodall to take pictures of her work. They sent a photographer to help her. His name was Hugo van Lawick.

David Greybeard visits Goodall’s camp.

The cover of National Geographic magazine, August 1963

He took pictures of what they saw the chimps doing. He also took pictures of Goodall doing her work.

At first, she didn’t like this. She only wanted pictures of the chimps. But, she learned that people wanted to know about her, too. She was a female scientist. That was rare at the time.

National Geographic had a magazine. They printed a story about Goodall. Everyone could see what she had learned about chimps.

Talking About Chimps

The story was a huge success. Goodall began to travel around the world. She gave talks about her work. She talked about the reserve’s beauty. She also talked about the chimps and how they acted.

Mostly, Goodall talked about the need to protect chimps in the wild. She wanted to learn more about them and keep them safe, too. Goodall never wanted to become famous. Yet, she changed how the world sees—and protects—chimps.

Melissa reaches out her hand to Faben.  

Goodall watches Flint from a doorway.

Jane Goodall, Continued

Jane Goodall has written many articles and books. In 1991, she created an organization. It is called “Roots & Shoots.” Its goal is to teach young people about conservation. Today, she continues to do her work.