Learning from Africa's Iconic Chimpanzees
The site of Dr. Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking research, Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park has changed our understanding of animals and altered our perception of what it means to be human. Since 1960, Goodall and her peers have observed generations of the area’s chimpanzees. The behaviors they recorded—chimpanzees making and using tools, hunting prey and even waging warfare—exceeded the boundaries of what was previously thought possible, capturing worldwide attention and galvanizing global conservation efforts.
Today, Lincoln Park Zoo is proud to partner with the Jane Goodall Institute on a number of research projects in Gombe Stream National Park. Zoo scientists take advantage of the resources that have been established over nearly half a century to study chimpanzee health and chimpanzee play. The answers our scientists find through this partnership will be integral to learning more about chimpanzees and, ultimately, ourselves.