SANTIAGO - Renowned primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall met here with Environment Minister Pablo Badenier to talk about the current situation of Chilean wildlife.
Two years after she last visited Chile, the 81-year-old Goodall, famous for her studies of chimpanzees, is on her annual worldwide tour to raise awareness about the importance of protecting primate ecosystems.
This time she called on authorities to establish a "Chilean Fauna Day."
"It is very important to have a day devoted to the protection of each country's species, to make an appeal to people's conscience," she said.
Badenier said Chilean authorities have pledged "to meet two challenges: one is to create a day of Chilean fauna, the other is to make efforts to incorporate in schools curricula subjects focused on the conservation of our native fauna."
In a private meeting Goodall and Badenier talked about the project for the creation in Chile of a Biodiversity and Protected Areas Service.
Regarding Thursday's announcement by the U.S. National Institutes of Health of an end to its use of chimpanzees for biomedical research, Goodall told EFE that she has "worked for this since 1987, and it is finally happening."
"Unfortunately, there are still countries conducting experiments on chimpanzees, but one by one they are terminating this practice, and I will continue fighting until all countries stop it," she said.