Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952453 | Print ISBN: 9780761930297 | Online ISBN: 9781412952453| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Galdikas, Biruté Mary F. (1946–)
William E. Kelly
Perhaps no one knows more about orangutans than the renowned “professor of primates” who has spent more than 30 years in the wilds studying them. Biruté Mary F. Galdikas is a post–World War II baby boomer who has done quite well in the field of anthropology on a national and international basis. No doubt she will continue in her work and make additional substantial contributions. We can be grateful for her efforts to preserve and retain the presence of animals such as orangutans that might have been lost as a result of a lack of concern and insensitivity to the value of their presence among us. Biruté had an early interest in animals, beginning with her childhood days in Canada. It was an interest in a field of inquiry that would sustain her for the rest of her life. She followed up this childhood interest in animals when she arrived ...