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New Doc 'Jane' Shares Never Before Seen Footage Of Goodall's Early Years

By Desirée Kaplan

Dr. Jane Goodall is a woman who often needs no introduction. The British primatologist has taught the world about wild chimpanzees for decades. As an environmentalist, the 83-year-old has also been spreading awareness about wildlife conservation all her life. With a soft-spoken but resolute demeanor, Goodall has captured the attention of millions of people, and quite a few documentaries have been filmed to share her fascinating life and mission. So why make yet another film?

National Geographic recently found 100 hours of never before released footage of the researcher hidden in its archives. The unearthed gem shows 26-year-old Goodall as she began her journey in the jungle. Set in Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania during the 1960s, the footage sheds new light on the famous researcher. Photographer and filmmaker Hugo van Lawick created the 16mm film before winning several awards throughout his career. He also became Goodall’s husband shortly after meeting her. 

The 50-year-old footage showed Goodall’s groundbreaking work as it unfolded. When she arrived in Africa, Goodall had no science background or even a college degree. She had been sent to Tanzania by paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey to report back an unbiased review of what she found out about wild chimpanzees. The young secretary was armed only with her passion for animals, curiosity, and infinite patience.