Jane Goodall Coming To Iceland - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Jane Goodall Coming To Iceland

Published December 28, 2015

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Famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall will be paying a visit to Iceland this June.

According to a statement to the press, Dr. Goodall will be in Iceland June 12 – 16. One of the main organisers of her arrival to Iceland is Sigurður Baldvin Sigurðsson, who runs an animal sanctuary in Spain with his wife, and is himself a good friend of Dr. Goodall’s.

According to a blog post by animal rights lawyer Árni Stefán Árnason, Dr. Goodall’s arrival to Iceland was precipitated by a number of events.

Former Miss World Linda Pétursdóttir, who is today an animal rights activist amongst other things, recently put together a petition calling upon parliament to create an animal sanctuary in Iceland. Sigurður got in touch with Árni over the possibility of organising Dr. Goodall’s arrival in Iceland, and things came together very soon thereafter.

Dr. Goodall, apart from being a primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist, is probably best known to the world for her 55-year study of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, in Tanzania. What her full itinerary in Iceland will be has as yet not been disclosed.

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