Throughout her childhood, Jane read avidly about all animals. The stories
of Tarzan, the Dr. Dolittle series, and The Wind in the Willows
were Jane’s favorites. By the age of 10 or 11, Jane dreamed of going
to Africa to live with animals and write books about them. For most people
this seemed crazy because in those days girls (anyone!) did not think of
embarking on such “wild” adventures.