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Jane Goodall: Young People Can Make Difference

Yoselis Ramos

Jane Goodall, the scientist behind a landmark study of chimpanzee behavior, spoke Tuesday night at the USF Sun Dome about her environmental conservation efforts and primate research experiences. But before that, Dr. Goodall visited local children at the USF Botanical Gardens.

She spoke to Pizzo Elementary students about her love of animals since childhood and how her mother supported her interests.

"Young people, like you, can do an awful lot if you know what the problems are, and if you are encouraged and empowered to do something about it, not just learn about it," she said, "roll up your sleeves and get out there and do something."

The students were participating in Goodall's Roots and Shoots program in which students learn about the life sciences and how they can take a role in evolving the community.

"We are able to be even more compassionate than chimpanzees so we can help chimps and other animals, and we can help the forests, and we can help each other, " Goodall said.

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