Pierce Brosnan and Wife Keely Shaye Wish 'Hero of the Planet' Jane Goodall a Happy Birthday

“What a privilege it is to know you," the former James Bond actor said of the conservationist

<p>Pierce Brosnan/Instagram</p> Pierce Brosnan, wife Keely Shaye, and Jane Goodall

Pierce Brosnan/Instagram

Pierce Brosnan, wife Keely Shaye, and Jane Goodall

Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely Shaye are wishing Jane Goodall an early happy birthday!

On Wednesday, the Die Another Day actor, 70, shared a photo on Instagram standing beside his spouse as they were joined by the famed English primatologist and anthropologist, who turns 90 on April 3.

"Happy 90th pre-birthday to a genuine trailblazer, legend, and hero of the planet, Dr. Jane Goodall,” Brosnan began in his caption.

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“What a privilege it is to know you, to celebrate you, and to call you [a] friend for nearly 30 years.”

Brosnan and Shaye, 60, stood on one side of a painting with Goodall on the other side.

The Fast Charlie actor noted that the piece was an “art collaboration by @piercebrosnanofficial X Shepard Fairey @obeygiant.”

<p>Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic</p> Pierce Brosnan; February 15, 2024


Pierce Brosnan; February 15, 2024

In May 2023, days ahead of his 70th birthday, Brosnan spoke exclusively to PEOPLE about his debut solo art exhibition.

He considered his curated collection of paintings, sketches, silkscreens and other creations to be a “retrospective,” adding that it was 36 years in the making.

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As for Goodall, he hoped that the latest artistic endeavor would bring her joy. “Hope this new journey around the sun brings all your heart desires,” Brosnan continued in his social media post on Wednesday.

Goodall will be celebrating her milestone birthday in two weeks.

“🎉✨ The countdown has begun – Jane turns 90 on April 3rd 🎂🌍,” a pinned post on her official Instagram account from Feb. 4 reads.

Steve Granitz/FilmMagic Jane Goodall, April 2023
Steve Granitz/FilmMagic Jane Goodall, April 2023

“We’re planning to make this birthday the most memorable one yet! We’ve got lots planned,” the message says, adding that there will be events in Seattle and New York, plus a video birthday compilation message.

“A global #GoodAllDay party to honor Jane’s spirit of kindness!” is also planned for her upcoming birthday.

In February, the Bezos Earth Fund and Jane Goodall Institute USA shared an exclusive announcement with PEOPLE about their plan to “continue and expand” conservation efforts in the Congo Basin through a $5 million grant.

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Lauren Sánchez, who is also the Bezos Earth Fund Vice Chair, called Goodall one of her “environmental heroes."

“I would like to truly thank the Bezos Earth Fund for supporting our conservation work in Africa," Goodall said in a statement. “The protection of these forests, with their rich biodiversity, is crucial not only for the survival of the great apes, but also in efforts to slow down climate change.”

The goal of their partnership is to “safeguard the integrity and significant environmental carbon value of the larger Congo Basin rainforest” as well as “preserve the cultures and values of local and Indigenous communities."

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