Birute Galdikas was born in Germany in 1946, and raised in
Canada where she still resides 6 months a year. She is the
world's leading experts in the field of anthropology, and particularly
the orangutans the are indigenous to Borneo. Her entire academic
career has been at UCLA where she earned her Ph.D in Anthropology.
When she began her research, as with Jane and Dian, there was
virtually no accurate information about this very secretive animal.
Birute has spent the last 25 years studying these arcane, highly
Like Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, Birute is concerned about
the extinction of primates and the poaching and selling of animals
for laboratory experiments. She has lived among these very
mysterious animals and has gained their trust and has become
a surrogate member of their community. Birute continues to make
revolutionary discoveries and educate people about habitat
destruction and the preservation of our planet.