Dr. Lyn Miles, seated, with Paul McCartney, right.
Professor Meets Beatle
Dr. Lyn Miles, of the UTC Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Geography met with a rare Beatle recently, one who is environmentally savvy and interested in the Great Apes. Before Paul McCartney performed in Atlanta, he and his fiancé Heather Mills, model and activist against land mines, met with Miles to discuss Ape Net., a group of scientists, scholars, benefactors and celebrities dedicated to creating culture-based sanctuaries for great apes all over the world. This new organization was founded by rock star Peter Gabriel, who arranged for McCartney and University of Chattanooga Foundation Professor Miles to meet.
Miles is also president of the Chantek Foundation, named in honor of
the orangutan Miles raised as "my cross-foster son on the UTC campus,
beginning in 1978." The goal of the foundation is to create a culture
and conservation center where Chantek and other enculturated apes would
reside, and use tools, computers, art and sign language. "The Community
Foundation of Chattanooga can receive tax-exempt donations to the Chantek
Foundation, while its nonprofit status is pending," Miles said. Chantek
currently resides at Zoo Atlanta, where Miles serves as a senior research