Kien Giang, 28 June 2013 – Today 24 students from different universities of Ho Chi Minh City complete three days learning and working at Hon Me Wildlife Rescue Station, Kien Giang Province. This is an activity of a newly launched pogramme entitled “Summer Move” organised by Wildlife At Risk (WAR). “Summer Move” is an annual programme that provides opportunities for university students to learn and work voluntarily at WAR’s wildlife rescue facilities, free of charge. The programme is for any active university student who loves the nature and has certain contribution to wildlife conservation. In the programme, the students learn about wildlife, pros and cons of different jobs related to wildlife conservation. They also experience daily works of WAR staff at the rescue facility and thus contribute directly to wildlife rescuing job and wildlife conservation.
In this first “Summer Move” programme organised at Hon Me Wildlife Rescue Station, the students observe and learn about more than 50 individuals of endangered wildlife including: Moon Bear, Sun Bear, Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon, Indochinese Silvered Leaf Monkey, Pangolin, Leopard Cat, snakes, turtles and small carnivores. The students help prepare food and feed the wildlife, clean and paint wildlife’s enclosures, and grow some food plants for wildlife. The students also work in groups with local rangers to distribute wildlife protection leaflets to approximately 500 local households in Hon Dat District, Kien Giang Province. Also in this five-day-four-night trip, the students discuss about different jobs related to wildlife and practice some practical skills such as observing wildlife at night, using camera traps, taking photos of wildlife using special aided tools and taking good photos. The programme with other activities such as a fashion design and performance contest, visiting famous site seeing of Hon Dat District, and exchanging relationship with local youth and rangers has become one of the most favourite programme among university students. “Summer Move” programme aims to connect the youth and wildlife conservation. Studying and working at WAR’s wildlife rescue facilities, university students are inspired and have an opportunity to think critically about wildlife conservation profession. We expect that more and more youngsters decide to work on wildlife conservation area or to do something for wildlife when they are graduated. We believe that the annual “Summer Move” programme will generate stronger forces for wildlife conservation in the coming time, said Ms. Huyen Do Thi Thanh, Wildlife Education Manager, Wildlife At Risk. Please see the press release here.To view some photos of the activity, please click here.