Published: August 1963

Jane Goodall


My Life Among Wild Chimpanzees

A courageous young British scientist lives among these great apes in Tanganyika and learns hitherto unknown details of their behavior.

By Jane Goodall
Photograph by Baron Hugo van Lawick

UP ON THE MOUNTAINS the midday sun glared fiercely, but down in the valley near the swift-running stream it was cool and still. I stood listening until I heard a faint rustling of leaves—the only sound to betray the presence of the group of chimpanzees I was trying to approach.

Slowly and quietly, but making no attempt to hide, I moved toward the great apes until I was only thirty feet away. As I sat down, they watched me, staring rather hard, and a young female who had been lying on the ground climbed a little way up a tall fig tree.

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