Birute Galdikas

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Date of Birth: 05/10/1946

Age: 70

Place of birth: Wiesbaden

Citizenship: Canada


Galdikas, BIRUTE (Galdikas, Birut) (p. 1946), a Canadian biologist. She was born May 10, 1946 in the American occupation zone in Germany. Her parents, born in Lithuania, ran upon the occurrence of the Soviet army, and in 1949 emigrated to Canada. Galdikas studied at the University of British Columbia, then entered the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received a degree in psychology and started to do research in the field of anthropology. I met with L.Liki - paleontologist who discovered in East Africa fossils of human ancestors that had her support in the study of orangutans. In 1971, Galdikas went to Borneo to take observations of orangutans. Galdikas studies, she spent over 25 years, have allowed to study the lives of more than three generations of these animals. Galdikas has played a large role in protecting Tanjung Puting Reserve for orangutans in Borneo and helped to create on its basis of the National Park. Cee help managed to return to the forest more than 150 orangutan born in the wild, but in captivity caught. Galdikas - a professor at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby (British Columbia) and the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, the president of the International Foundation for Protection of orangutans in Los Angeles.