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Doing her bit for chimps

entertainment Updated: Oct 05, 2010 01:01 IST
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Charlize Theron has taken up the cause of the African apes after meeting legendary primatologist Jane Goodall, during the filming of the TV series Iconoclasts.

The Academy award winner was back in her home continent of Africa and met the award-winning conservationist at the Tchimpounga sanctuary, where Goodall, 76, and her staff rehabilitate orphaned chimpanzees rescued from illegal hunting.

The 35-year-old actor was introduced to the chimps as she and Goodall discussed the issues that face Africa’s young people and its wildlife, reported Daily Mail online.

The Monster star opened up about the loss of her father, while Goodall also described her early experiences, when she travelled into the African forest and discovered how similar humans are to chimpanzees.

“I started realising that in a way we kind of do the same thing, I just do it with those who have evolved from those chimps,” said Theron.