CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall was honored Monday with Harvard University’s 2003 Global Environmental Citizen award.

“Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking and captivating research with chimpanzees continues to change the way we perceive our animal cousins and ourselves,” said Eric Chivian, director of Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, which presents the award.

Goodall was recognized for her work with environmental initiatives through the Jane Goodall Institute, including the Congo Basin Project, which aims to stop poachers that are threatening chimpanzees’ survival in the area; and Roots and Shoots, which supports students in projects to benefit animals and the environment.

Best known for her study of chimpanzees’ in Africa, Goodall now lectures on the threats facing primates and other environmental crises, and is working to curb a decline in chimpanzee populations.

“Every individual has a role to play in protecting our environment,” Goodall said. Last year, she was named a United Nations “Messenger of Peace.” Messengers serve as advocates in areas ranging from poverty eradication, human rights, peace and environmentalism.

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