In addition to her significant contributions, Goodall has been a catalyst
bringing international funds and expertise together with local governments
and interests in order to develop wildlife sanctuaries, particularly for
chimpanzees. Through books, television and personal appearances, and a global
environmental education program for children, Goodall has brought awareness
of wildlife and environmental conservation to the broadest possible audience.
The recipient of numerous awards, Goodall was distinguished by Queen Elizabeth
II with the title Commander of the British Empire(CBE) in 1995.
Until her research, the orangutan was the least known of the great apes. Galdikas brought the orangutan to the attention of the rest of the world and through the use of sophisticated data analysis has shed light not only on orangutan behavior but also on the animal's habitat and diet. This has provided important information on the rainforest as a whole and a better understanding of Indonesia's biodiversity.
As an outgrowth of her scientific research on orangutans, Galdikas is involved with numerous conservation efforts in Indonesia that are leading to the restoration of forests in Borneo, maintenance of a care center for orphaned orangutans, and the education of young people about the importance of the endangered orangutans. In large measure, the success of the orangutan studies has been due Galdikas's ability to get local people and Indonesian students involved in field research and conservation efforts. Early in her career, Galdikas was instrumental in helping establish what was then the largest national park in Borneo.
Schaller began his research career in the 1950s. While still a graduate student, he participated in the biological survey of a little known region in northwestern Alaska. This work led to the creation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In the late 1950s, he conducted the first scientific study of the mountain gorilla. His book, The Mountain Gorilla, published in 1963, was an instant classic. This research was followed by studies of tigers in India, lions in the Serengeti, and Giant Pandas in China, among others.
Schaller is director for science for of the international program of
the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York. He is one of the most knowledgeable
and eloquent champions of conservation. His ability to inspire others to
take action has fostered a high degree of interest and involvement among
governments and the publicin the conservation of the world's wildlife. A
number of nature reserves in Brazil, Pakistan, Mongolia, and China have
been the result of his cooperative efforts with these countries.