Primate expert Jane Goodall honoured in Paris

17th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 17, 2006 (AFP) - British scientist Jane Goodall, whose work with African primates has brought international recognition, was Tuesday given a UNESCO honour for her fight to protect humankind's nearest animal cousins.

PARIS, Jan 17, 2006 (AFP) - British scientist Jane Goodall, whose work with African primates has brought international recognition, was Tuesday given a UNESCO honour for her fight to protect humankind's nearest animal cousins.

The head of the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Koichiro Matsuura, said UNESCO's 60th Anniversary Medal went to Goodall, 71, for her activism, her contribution to science "and to the survival of the human being and its closest species."

Goodall thanked teams working for her in 90 countries as she took the award, saying: "This medal will in a way help all of them in the battle... to make the world a better place."

After her UNESCO ceremony, Goodall was to be received by French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin who was to bestow her with a Légion d'Honneur.

The British primatologist is considered one of the 20th century's leading scientists for her work with chimpanzees in the Gombe reserve in Tanzania, and the discoveries she made observing them and their social behaviour.

Although she now spends most of the year travelling the globe campaigning for conservation, she still occasionally returns to the reserve to see the chimps, some of which she developed close bonds with.

In 1977, she created the Jane Goodall Institute to manage a network of centres in Africa that care for chimpanzees that survived poachers.

She also instigated the ChimpanZoo programme to improve the lives of captive primates and another programme, Roots and Shoots, to educate children about environmental issues.

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Subject: French news

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