Dr Jane Goodall, the world’s leading chimpanzee expert and founder of environmental conservation initiative Roots & Shoots, made a special visit to Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Thursday, 8 June 2017.

Dr Jane Goodall, Kings Park plantingDr Goodall planted a naturally occurring but extremely rare hybrid Eucalyptus x mundijongensis at Saw Avenue Picnic Area.

The hybrid species, whose seed was collected by Kings Park staff in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, has been lovingly grown in the Kings Park Nursery. A total of five trees will be planted in Kings Park over the coming months, with the first being planted by Dr Goodall. This species grows naturally in only two known locations along the Swan Coastal Plain. The tree will grow up to 20 metres tall and will be a beautiful addition to the Saw Avenue Picnic Area.

Dr Goodall has been undertaking research and advocacy in primatology since 1960. Her youth-led program Roots & Shoots aims to empower the next generation to be socially and environmentally conscious global citizens. This aim is shared by Kings Park and Botanic Garden – a local leader in environmental education.

Get your class or school involved in Dr Goodall’s Roots & Shoots initiative! Become a member of Dr Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program and link up with a global network taking action to improve the environment!