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Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center

by Fauna In Focus International, Inc.
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
Build Cambodia's First Nature Discovery Center
The very first Nature Discovery Centre of Cambodia
The very first Nature Discovery Centre of Cambodia

Hello from Fauna in Focus,

With your generous support, we have now raised more than $7,000 for the construction and upkeep of The Nature Discovery Center of Cambodia, which opened in January 2019.

Here are a few updates on the projects and events that your donations have helped support:

Exapnding our Activity Stations

We have been working hard on expanding the range of activities available at the Nature Discovery Center, to make visiting as exciting as possible! Upstairs, we have created an elephant exhibition in our Wilds Nature Art Gallery, with elephants constructed from recycled plastic bottles. There are also a few new additions downstairs. We have now installed a Voices of Conservation station, to keep our visitors informed about all the wonderful work being done by conservation organisations around Cambodia. Our Microscope station is up running, where visitors are able to get up close and personal with a variety of insect specimens and other microscope slides. We're also currently in the process of setting up an aquatic ecosystems exhibit in the NDC, which features an Irrawaddy dolphin (constructed from recycled plastic bottles, of course) diving from the ceiling! This exhibit will feature water tanks displaying some of the common flora and fauna found in Cambodia's aquatic habitats. 

 And the work hasn't stopped at the interior of the NDC - we've also been working on sprucing up our garden and Nature Walk, which is beginning to look much more like a lush, tropical paradise thanks to the green fingers of our gardener. There are all kinds of interesting creatures to be found in the garden, as well as a whole host of beautiful plants.

 

Delivering Wildlife Education

Our Wildlife Classroom has been getting plenty of use, as we've been delivering education sessions to a group of students from the American Corner Wildife Club. We have developed a unique programme of lessons, which give students an insight into the diverse wildlife of Cambodia, the threats they face and how we can all help to protect the environment in this beautiful country. The lessons are designed to be as interactive and engaging as possible, and feature a wide vairety of conservation themed games. One them even includes our very own Fauna in Focus board game!

The students from the American Corner Wildlife Club have been enjoying these lessons on a regular basis and are continuing to benefit from this wildlife education. We are very proud of the education programme we have created and believe it has the power to really get people excited about conserving and protecting wildlife in Cambodia.

We look forward to continuing to expand and improve upon wildlife education in Cambodia, and we could not do it without you. Your support so far is incredibly beneficial for our work, so thank you very much! Special thanks go to our regular contributors Marianne, George, Linda and Scott - your continued support is very much appreciated.

Our crowdfunding campaign is still live, and we are only $2,952 away from our $10,000 goal. We hope you will consider continuing to support our work, to help us protect the amazingly diverse range of wildlife in Cambodia. Thank you!

See ya soon, baboon! In a while, crocodile!

Dan & the Fauna in Focus Team

Our elephant exhibition in the Nature Art Gallery
Our elephant exhibition in the Nature Art Gallery
Voices of Conservation station
Voices of Conservation station
Microscope station
Microscope station
Our new Irrawaddy dolphin
Our new Irrawaddy dolphin
A sneak peek into our garden
A sneak peek into our garden
Students from the American Corner Wildlife Club
Students from the American Corner Wildlife Club
Enjoying a wildlife education session outdoors
Enjoying a wildlife education session outdoors
Staff, volunteers, and visitors at Grand Opening!
Staff, volunteers, and visitors at Grand Opening!

Hello and Happy Spring from Fauna in Focus,

With your generous support, we have raised close to $7,000 for the construction and upkeep of The Nature Discovery Center of Cambodia, which opened in January 2019.

Here are a few updates on the projects and events that your donations have helped support:

Final Stages of Building

Our volunteers and staff were hard at work all of December and January, making sure each of our exhibits was complete prior to our grand opening event. The Tree of Life was wrapped in its final layers of paper mache before many coats of paint and lots of leaves and vines. The tree sprouted branches that continued upstairs in our Jungle Lab Classroom & Wildlife Cinema, providing our guests with an immersive wildlife environment, even inside the building. Each of our Cambodian bird species took flight in the Birds of Cambodia display, where you can see almost twenty important critters including the Sarus Crane and Changeable Hawk Eagle. Graphic design for each of our stations and displays was completed, adding crucial educational and interactive elements for guests to enjoy. We also finished our orchid garden and Nature Walk, complete with a composting station.

Grand Opening

Our Grand Opening event was a smash hit, and we received over 100 Khmer and international visitors who had an awesome time exploring the center, getting their faces painted, playing games and activities about conservation, and meeting the Venerable Bun Saluth, a conservation monk. It was truly inspiring to see the completion of our hard work being enjoyed by guests of all ages.

Open to the Public!

The Nature Discovery Center is now open Monday through Friday from 9-5 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Entrance is free for Khmer visitors and school groups, while international visitors pay a small fee that allows us to keep the doors open. We have had many visits from local tour guides and businesses in hopes they will recommend the Nature Discovery Center to their guests. We have also welcomed multiple school groups, providing large amounts of students with exciting, hands-on learning opportunities about Cambodian wildlife and the critical need for conservation.

World Wildlife Day

On March third, we held Cambodia’s second annual World Wildlife Day at the Nature Discovery Center by hosting a free event to celebrate. As this year’s theme was “Life Under Water: For People and Planet”, we focused on plastic pollution and marine and riverine conservation by building a GIANT Southern River Terrapin out of thousands of plastic bottles. Students from local schools helped us paint the bottles prior to the event, and worked hard arranging the bottles into a 20 meter long terrapin in the field near our center. We captured drone footage of the event, and will be releasing a short video clip of the art project on our social media pages this upcoming week. Visitors had the opportunity to explore the center, play games, watch our nature documentaries and talk to other community members about sustainability and the importance of being plastic free.

We look forward to expanding and improving wildlife education in Cambodia, and we could not do it without you. Our crowdfunding campaign is still live, and we are only $3,242 away from our $10,000 goal. We hope you will consider continued support of our work now that the Nature Discovery Center is open. Thank you!

See ya soon, baboon! After awhile, crocodile!

Dan & the Fauna in Focus Team

A Giant Hornbill flies by the Tree of Life
A Giant Hornbill flies by the Tree of Life
The Venerable Bun Saluth visits the center
The Venerable Bun Saluth visits the center
Students relax in the orchid garden
Students relax in the orchid garden
A young visitor digs for dinosaur bones
A young visitor digs for dinosaur bones
Students paint bottles for the plastic project
Students paint bottles for the plastic project
Students arranging plastic bottles
Students arranging plastic bottles
Plastic bottle Southern River Terrapin
Plastic bottle Southern River Terrapin
Cleaning bottles for the Tree of Life
Cleaning bottles for the Tree of Life

Greetings From Fauna in Focus,

Since our crowdfunding campaign began in September we have raised over $6,000. Thank you so much for your generous donations we really appreciate it. With your support, we have constructed many of the exhibits and installations needed to open The Nature Discovery Center of Cambodia in January 2019.

Here is an exciting update of what have we completed so far:

Jungle Lab Classroom & Wildlife Cinema  

We've built eight sturdy tables from upcycled wooden pallets and bamboo, that will be used in our Jungle Lab Classroom & Wildlife Cinema. Inside the classroom, we will deliver our environmental education programs such as our Wildlife Club for school students. Visitors to the center will be able to enjoy watching our latest nature films at the Wildlife Cinema.

Birds of Cambodia Display

Our volunteer artist Kelsey has done an amazing job creating hand painted two-dimensional birds including the Greater Adjutant Stork, the Giant Ibis, the Green Peafowl, the Oriental Darter, the Cambodian tailorbird, Great Hornbill, Hoopoe, Red-breasted Parakeet, Collared Scops Owl, Little Grebe, and Fruit Bat. This collection of hand painted life-size Cambodian birds will form a central ceiling display inside the center beginning and expanding up the stairs. An interactive display board will engage visitors to learn more interesting facts about Cambodian birds.

Tree of Life Sculpture 

With the hands-on support of local school students, we've been building an amazing tree of life sculpture. It's a long process that involves wrapping foam around an existing interior wooden pillar, then adding a layer of recycled plastic bottles, chicken wire, masking tape, then finally adding a layer of paper mache.  

New Graphic Designed Exhibits 

Thanks to our volunteer graphic designers Christie and Ben, we've completed the graphic design and printing for many of the exhibits including Introduction to Cambodian Biodiversity, Threats to Cambodian Biodiversity, Wildlife Habitats, Biofacts Station, Cinema Screen, Welcome and Information signs.

We are working really hard now to get the center open by January 2019 and we'll bring you an update in the new year.

Our crowdfunding campaign is still live, so if you want to bring us some Christmas cheer and give us the final push to get the Nature Discovery Center open by January 2019, you can donate here.

Warm Bear Hugs from Dan & the Fauna in Focus Team

 

 

 

  

Drying Bottles for the Tree of Life
Drying Bottles for the Tree of Life
Creating the Tree of Life
Creating the Tree of Life
Preparing the Garden
Preparing the Garden
Building Biofacts Activity Station
Building Biofacts Activity Station
Planning the biofacts and birds exhibits
Planning the biofacts and birds exhibits
Biofacts station beginning to take shape
Biofacts station beginning to take shape
Welcome to Cambodia
Welcome to Cambodia
The Great Hornbill ready to display
The Great Hornbill ready to display
Birds of Cambodia display starts to go up
Birds of Cambodia display starts to go up
Class taking place in the new Jungle Lab Classroom
Class taking place in the new Jungle Lab Classroom
The Conservation Activity Station
The Conservation Activity Station
Young Eco Ambassadors learning at the center
Young Eco Ambassadors learning at the center

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Fauna In Focus International, Inc.

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Twitter: @FaunainFocus
Project Leader:
Daniel Roper Jones
New York, NY United States
$7,415 raised of $10,000 goal
 
100 donations
$2,585 to go
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