The Ai's Scarf Award 2018 went to Dr Karen Strier. Karen is the pioneer of studying muriquis in the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. She is the current president of the International Primatological Society (IPS). The scarf was given to Karen at the IPS biannual conference in Nairobi in August 2018.
Ai's scarf award is for celebrating the female scholars who dedicate their lives to promoting the research, conservation, and welfare of chimpanzees and the rest of the nonhuman primates. The scarf was created in 2017 for the 40th anniversary of the Ai project, and is based on the painting by the chimpanzee Ai.
The first scarf was presented to Jane Goodall, as a symbol of appreciation for her lifelong commitment to helping chimpanzees and other animals. The recipient of the award is selected by the award committee established in the Japan Monkey Centre. The award committee 2018 consists of three members: Jane Goodall, Juichi Yamagiwa, and Tetsuro Matsuzawa.
To learn more about World Chimpanzee Day and get involved, please visit worldchimpanzeeday.org.
The Green Corridor project is a plantation activity for mitigating fragmented habitat of wild chimpanzees. On July 12th, 19 people from IREB/KUPRI had planted 100 saplings of Uapaca heudelotii, a forest plant species, to promote individual interchange between the Bossou chimpanzee community and the neighboring Nimba populations. Please visit greencorridor.info/ for further information.