Dear followers of the Karoo Predator Project,
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, has accepted the role of Patron of the Karoo Predator Project. I can hardly believe that such a key conservation hero would take the time to read about our work in the Karoo and to encourage us!
A few lines are not enough to express the range of Dr. Goodall’s work. She is an ethologist and internationally famous conservationist. Dr. Goodall has received numerous honours including the French Legion of Honour, the Medal of Tanzania and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002 Dr Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace by Kofi Annan and reappointed by Ban Ki-moon in 2007. In 2003 Dr Goodall was named a Dame of the British Empire. Dr. Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education, and Conservation in 1977.
The research into the wild chimpanzees of Gombe in Tanzania is still ongoing after more than 55 years and the TACARE community centered conservation programme has been introduced to empower local communities to become partners in conservation aiding this effort and improving their health and sustainable livelihood.
We all have the same aim: conserving Nature and its biodiversity while allowing people to live decent lives. Having a Patron such as Dr. Goodall is an immense honor for the Karoo Predator Project and will help us to communicate with international media about the conflict between farmers and predators in the Karoo. That will mostly be the job of the wildlife photographers Denis Palanque and Nathalie Houdin.
Everyone at the Karoo Predator Project feels honored and happy and thanks Jane Goodall and her hard working team for their interest in our project and their encouragement.