Hope4Apes 2010

We CAN help our nearest relatives survive.
But we need to act now!

Birute Galdikas

Dr Birute Galdikas

Scientist, conservationist, educator: for almost four decades Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas has studied and worked closely with the orangutans of Indonesian Borneo in their natural habitat, and is today the world’s foremost authority on the orangutan. Dr. Galdikas is Professor Extraordinaire at the Universitas Nasional in Jakarta and Full Professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.


Ian Redmond

Ian Redmond OBE

As a wildlife biologist Ian has been involved with gorilla research, filming and conservation work since 1976, when he began work as Dian Fossey's research assistant in Rwanda. His books about primates and elephants have been translated into many languages. Ian is a conservation consultant for the Born Free Foundation, chairs the Ape Alliance, is the Envoy for the UN Great Apes Survival Partnership and this year was appointed an Ambassador for the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species


Jane Goodall

Dr Jane Goodall DBE

Jane Goodall’s pioneering research about chimpanzees began 50 years ago this year and we continue to learn more each day. As Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of Peace, she works tirelessly to raise awareness of the plight of both captive and wild chimpanzees, and to educate young people of all ages through her global programme Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots.


Jo Thompson

Dr Jo Thompson

Working to preserve bonobos in nature for nearly two decades, Jo Thompson is a renowned conservationist, educator, scientist, and community member in one of the most remote regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Often working in harrowing conditions and dangerous frontiers, she has fostered and supported a foundation for the local people to conserve bonobos and their forest habitat.



Chanee (Aurelien Brulé)

Born in France, Aurelien Brulé, known as ‘Chanee’ (Thai for gibbon) was always fascinated by primates and particularly gibbons. After five years of observing them, he published a book on gibbon behavior at the tender age of 16. In 1999 he founded the Kalaweit gibbon conservation project in Borneo at a time when terrible fires were destroying millions of hectares of forest there. With a second project in Sumatra, Kalaweit is now the biggest gibbon conservation programme in the world.

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