Making the Connection: Help Save Our Closest Animal Relatives

    Featuring a Special Presentation by Dr. Jane Goodall

    EDMONTON, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - World-famous primatologist, environmentalist
and UN Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall will be in Edmonton on September 27
to deliver a special presentation at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium,
along with Dr. Mike Cranfield, Executive Director, Mountain Gorilla Veterinary
Project. Chimpanzees and gorillas are both critically endangered in the wild.
All proceeds will support the Emergency Unit and Quarantine Facility for
orphaned mountain gorillas in Rumangabo, DRC.
    Dr. Jane Goodall began her pioneering research into the behaviour of wild
chimpanzees in Africa in 1960. Her painstaking observations of chimpanzees at
Gombe National Park in Tanzania transformed our understanding of our closest
animal relatives and made us re-evaluate what it means to be human. Today, Dr.
Goodall travels 300 days of the year talking to people about the importance of
protecting the Great Apes and finding new ways to live sustainably. The Jane
Goodall Institute, which she founded in 1977, has evolved into a dynamic
international organization that supports wildlife research, conservation and
education around the world.
    The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project is one of the few organizations
in the world to provide veterinary care for an endangered species in their
natural habitat. Executive Director of MGVP, Dr. Mike Cranfield and partners
at the University of California, Davis Wildlife Health Center designed a "ONE
- HEALTH" approach to conservation medicine for the Mountain Gorillas. MGVP
also conducts relevant health studies of other wildlife and domestic animals,
offers employee health programs for park staff and researchers, and
disseminates information about gorilla health. MGVP also supports the orphaned
gorilla caretakers that work in Rwanda and in the DRC.
    "The world's Great Ape populations are in grave danger of extinction and
with so much of our environment at risk, it is desperately important that we
all join together to share our conservation resources, energies and ideas,"
says Dr. Goodall. "Together, I am convinced we will succeed in creating a new
respect for our living planet, as well as renewed hope for future generations.
    Tickets are on sale now and available at Ticketmaster.

    Date:        Sunday, September 27, 2009
    Place:       Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
    Time:        6:30 pm start
    Tickets: (780) 451-8000

    There will be a question and answer period following the lecture. A book
signing and photo opportunity with Dr. Goodall will follow.

For further information:

For further information: For more information on this special
presentation or to book an interview, please contact: Kari Sackney, Manager,
Development & Marketing, Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, Tel: (416)
978-3633, Cell: (416) 727-6817, Email:, Website:; Raemonde Bezenar, Executive Director, Canadian Friends of
MGVP, Tel: (780) 720-2064, Email:, Website:

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