Roots & Shoots Malaysia

What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. – Dr. Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall Institute

In 1977, Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), which supports the Gombe research, and she is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. With 26 offices around the world, the JGI is widely recognized for innovative, community-centred conservation and development programmes in Africa. Its global youth programme, Roots & Shoots began in 1991 when a group of 12 local teenagers met with Goodall on her back porch in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. They were eager to discuss a range of problems they knew about from first-hand experience that caused them deep concern. The Roots & Shoots network has since blossomed into more than 150,000 members in over 130 countries, all working on local and global service projects. Today, Goodall devotes virtually all of her time to advocacy on behalf of chimpanzees and the environment, travelling nearly 300 days a year.

Our Founder Dr.Jane Goodall

Dame Jane Morris Goodall, born on 3rd April 1934, is a British primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist. Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots programme. She has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues and has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since its founding in 1996.

Awards & Recognitions

Goodall has received many honours for her environmental and humanitarian work, as well as others. She was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in a ceremony held in Buckingham Palace in 2004. In April 2002, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan named Goodall a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Her other honours include the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the French Legion of Honour, Medal of Tanzania, Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, the Gandhi-King Award for Nonviolence and the Spanish Prince of Asturias Awards. She has received many tributes, honours, and awards from local governments, schools, institutions, and charities around the world.

Dr.Jane Goodall’s message

In celebration of her 80th birthday, National Geographic produced a short film to commemorate the life of Dr.Jane Goodall and show the path that she took to become a crusader for conservation.

Roots & Shoots Family

Make positive change happen

Upcoming News

Sri KDU International School is starting up two Roots & Shoots projects this year. These inspiring youths are firstly setting up a recycling programme of mobile phones. All the mobile phones they can collect from their peers and their family and friends are going to be recycled. Secondly, they are aiming to collect one tonne of (1000kilos) pull tabs from aluminium cans so that they can be recycled into prosthetic limbs for those in need. We at Roots & Shoots Malaysia could not be more proud of these young individuals and we cannot wait to see what else they get up to over this year.

A unique new summer camp co-hosted by Radiant Retreats and Roots & Shoots Malaysia is commencing in August. Youths will be able to gain new experiences and skills that they can use in the future to better our world and more importantly have an unmeasurable amount of fun with their peers.
If you’re interested, get in contact with us via a Facebook private message.

Do you like animals, the environment and aiding communities? Yes, then we have great news for you! We are expanding our team and we are looking for an enthusiastic, well organised candidate to join us. Roots & Shoots is all about youths and making a difference no matter what scale. We need our team to embody this mantra and carry it with them throughout their time with us. The position is for an administration role, if you think you have what it takes to be part of our team then send your CV to our email address: