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There’s no disputing it: Laurel’s got guts. At just 22 years old, she moved to the Central African Republic for a year to work on gorilla conservation as a National Geographic Young Explorer. Then, at 23, she worked on a documentary about the illegal ivory trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she posed as a buyer and filmed an ivory market before having to be evacuated due to civil unrest.
Deservingly, in 2013, British primatologist Jane Goodall appointed her as an ambassador for the Hong Kong branch of her eponymous institute. That same year, Laurel launched the Hong Kong Explorers Initiative, with the aim of creating an online database of the city’s plants and animals through crowdsourcing. If all that wasn’t enough, she also speaks five languages (English, Cantonese, Putonghua, French and Spanish)—Wonder Woman, anyone?
Find her on Instagram @laurelchor