29 January 2013

Kenya: Chimpanzee Expert Goodall Pitches for Conservation

World renowned chimpanzee expert, Dr. Jane Goodall, made a rare public presentation at The National Museum in Nairobi last Saturday. Her presentation was aimed at giving hope to wild-life lovers on the effort to conserve chimpanzees and other great apes and also protect their rain-forest homes.

Goodall is an ambassador of the United Nation's GRASP (Great Apes Survival Partnership). She has spent more than 45 years studying chimpanzees in Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park. She is considered among the world's foremost experts on primate behaviour, culture, communication and conservation.

In her speech, she drew parallels between human kind and the apes, saying they are our closest relatives, echoing the sentiments of Dr Richard Leakey who once said, "By reaching out to our chimpanzees, gorilla, orangutan, and bonobo brothers, we show the best of humanity and close a gap that was never that great to begin with."

Goodall has received numerous accolades for her work including Dame Commander of the Order of The British Empire, Legion of Honor, Kyoto prize, the Gandhi-King Award for Non-violence and Prince of Asturias Award.

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