The main event of the week, Jane’s public lecture “Reasons for Hope – A Message from Dr. Jane Goodall” took place in USM’s largest hall, Dewan Tunku Syed Putra. The audience started filling the hall by 6pm, and we expected a full house of enthused, thrilled and excited people coming from different backgrounds. Prior to Jane’s appearance on stage, the audience was serenaded by Malaysian Sape music played by Nick from Sada Borneo. We also had the honour to receive welcoming remarks by the Dean of the School of Biological Sciences, USM, Prof Amirul Al-Ashraf Abdullah, and Mr. Reza Cockrell, founder of The Habitat Foundation. Dr. Goodall started her speech at approximately 7.40 pm. Starting off with her famous welcoming sound of chimpanzees, Jane inspired us with stories from her experience in Gombe and told us about the faith her mother had in her paving her way in chimpanzee research. She also reminisced about her supervisor and mentor, Dr. Louis Leakey, who hired her to study chimpanzees more than 60 years ago when no person, let alone a woman, had ever dared this endeavour. Jane reminded us about our Malaysian primates and their intrinsic values, such as the magnificent orangutans that are so special to Borneo. She used the opportunity to raise awareness about the worsening conditions of primates that have been objectified in the illegal pet trade, especially infants of orangutans and gibbons. In this first visit of hers to Penang, Jane touched us with her key message: that it’s not too late to save the planet. However, most importantly, all our hopes will only become a reality if the right action is taken from various stakeholders. All of us need to play our part in this; even the smallest contributions make a difference!