- The Washington Times - Monday, January 23, 2006

PARIS (Agence France-Presse) — British scientist Jane Goodall, whose work with African primates brought her international recognition, was honored by UNESCO last week for her fight to protect mankind’s primate cousins.

Koichiro Matsuura, head of the Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, said Tuesday that UNESCO’s 60th Anniversary Medal went to Mrs. Goodall, 71, for her activism and her contributions to science “and the survival of the human primate and its closest relatives.”

Mrs. 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.”

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

Although she now spends most of the year traveling the world campaigning for conservation, she still occasionally returns to the reserve to see the chimps with whom she has bonded.

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

She also helped form the ChimpanZoo program to improve the lives of captive primates and Roots and Shoots to educate children about environmental issues.

After the UNESCO ceremony, Mrs. Goodall received France’s Legion of Honor medal from Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin.

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