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Legendary conservationist and animal rights activist Jane Goodall turns 85 years old today. Dr. Goodall became a household name through her decades of work with our closest living relative, the chimpanzee (we share a shocking 99 per cent of our DNA with these amazing animals). Through her advocacy for chimps, Goodall has raised awareness about the threats to their natural habitats and, by extension, the natural world in general.
Dr. Goodall has made her mark not only in the places where chimpanzees live, but across the world and here in Canada through the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada. One of the coolest local projects the Institute runs is their International Aboriginal Youth Internships, a program that partners with Global Affairs Canada to support young Indigenous Canadians interested in working in international development.
This year’s interns will travel to Uganda to work on projects “that address environmental sustainability, gender equality and sustainable livelihoods,” with the goal of increasing “Indigenous youth’s participation in their communities and their employment opportunities in sustainable forestry in Canada, and international projects abroad.”
Bruce Poon Tip, the founder of Canadian travel company G Adventures, calls Goodall one of his earliest inspirations. “Ever since I first saw her picture on the cover of National Geographic as a child and read about her passion and purpose, she has inspired me as a leader, an explorer and an entrepreneur.” G Adventures has also worked with Dr. Goodall to create a series of tours that build upon the company’s already existing animal welfare policy.
In 2016, Goodall partnered with G to curate a series of 20 trips that emphasize “responsible wildlife sightings.” All trips in the Jane Goodall Collection are endorsed by Goodall herself, aligning with her Institute’s goal of “protecting endangered species through conservation strategies that incorporate the needs of local communities, with the understanding that helping people saves wildlife.” To celebrate Goodall’s 85th birthday, the company is donating $85 for each Goodall Collection trip booked this week.
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