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This article first appeared in Options, The Edge Malaysia Weekly on March 16, 2020 - March 22, 2020

There is not much the world does not already know about celebrated primatologist, anthropologist and animal rights advocate Dr Jane Goodall but more Malaysians need to know about Roots & Shoots, her youth-led action programme whose local chapter was finally established in 2015. Options speaks exclusively to the living legend during her third and most recent visit to the country.

Everyone interested in science and nature would undoubtedly have heard of how a young English girl named Jane Goodall was recruited by the great anthropologist Louis Leakey and went on to do groundbreaking work herself in behavioural primatology in 1960 in Gombe, a small forest reserve on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania. Goodall is now 86 and her work has since evolved to include activism and education. Lately, however, it is her youth-led action programme, aptly named Roots & Shoots (R&S), that has placed her in the spotlight again and been gaining international traction.


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