Dr. Biruté Marija Filomena Galdikas is a primatologist, conservationist, ethologist, and author of several books relating to the endangered species orangutan. Well known in the field of modern primatology, Galdikas is recognized as an authority on orangutans.
Galdikas, along with fellow ‘Angel’ Jane Goodall, and preeminent field biologist George Schaller, became recipients of Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement laureates in 1997 for their groundbreaking field research and lifetime contributions to the advancement of environmental science.
Dr. Galdikas is currently a professor at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, and ‘Professor Extraordinaire’ at Indonesia’s Universitas Nasional in Jakarta. She is also president of the Orangutan Foundation International in Los Angeles, California.