Eminent primatologist and well-known animal activist Jane Goodall will be presented with an award for her groundbreaking research on chimpanzees for the past 60 years. Mercy For Animals (MFA), a non-profit organisation, will honour Goodall with the Hope Award at a virtual ceremony hosted by the vegan influencer Tabitha Brown on June 10.
According to a VegNews report, besides Goodall, animal activist Erik Hastings will also be awarded the Hidden Hero Award and Miyoko’s Creamery founder Miyoko Schinner with Global Impact Award at the event.
Goodall dedicated more than 60 years of her life to studying animal behaviour and revolutionised people’s perception of wildlife. Her meticulous research inspired other animal advocates to protect wild animals and their habitats.
By adopting unorthodox research methodologies, Goodall involved herself in the lives of chimpanzees so much so that she was able to visualise them as animals with strong emotions and powerful long-term bonds. Her exceptional work at Gombe Stream National Park became the foundation of future primatological research. During that time, Goodall discovered that chimpanzees were capable of constructing and using tools. Her immense fascination with animal behaviour and zeal to dig deeper redefined the relationship between humans and animals.
By venturing into the uncharted territories, Jane Goodall revealed the lesser-known traits and behaviours of species closest to man. She established a wildlife conversation organisation in 1997 known as The Jane Goodall Institute whose key focus is on saving chimpanzees from extinction. Goodall also initiated the global environmental and humanitarian youth program Roots & Shoots in 1991 to make people aware of the importance of wildlife conversation.
Soon she realised that the survival of chimpanzees was endangered by illegal trafficking and habitat destruction when she redefined species conservation by including the needs of local people, the environment and the connection between humans and animals.