Saving Cambodia's Precious Birds Through Education
By Jess Knierim | Development Associate
Engaging kids in learning through games
In February, the Kouprey Express (KE) environmental education unit travelled to Kampot Province, Cambodia in collaboration with BirdLife International to urge people and students to aid in the protection of Sarus Cranes. Sarus Cranes, one widely distributed across South and Southeast Asia, have undergone rapid population declines due to widespread hunting, egg collection, and habitat loss. Sarus Cranes in Cambodia are particularly vulnerable to habitat loss because they are dependent on two distinct wetland habitats: seasonally flooded grasslands for breeding in the wet season, and permanent marshlands during the non-breeding dry season.
The KE team provided lessons and activities focused on Sarus Crane protection to a total of 478 (213 girls) in four schools in Kampot province, Cambodia. These activities consisted of an interactive presentation, wildlife-themed games, a Q&A session, and wildlife-themed art. Laughter and fun is an effective way of conveying important messages and building understanding of the threats to and ways to protect wildlife and this collaboration was no exception. Several lucky students won wildlife t-shirts and backpacks by answering tough questions correctly during the Q&A session and at the end of lessons everyone received pens, wildlife-themed notebooks, and a sticker and card that has Wildlife Alliance’s 24-hour nationwide wildlife rescue number, 012-500-094.
Thank you for your support of our environmental education team and helping us raise the next generation of environmentally conscious citizens and helping preserve Southeast Asia’s precious wildlife and habitat.
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Trip to rescue center sparks students' curiosity about wildlife and conservation
By Jessica Knierim | Development Associate
As the year came to a close, the Kouprey Express environmental education team brought 50 students on a field trip to the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center on December 12. The primary school students from Tbong Khmum province had just learned about wildlife and habitat conservation from the KE a day prior. Visiting the rescue center gives teachers and students a hands on experience that encourages them to protect their natural heritage, wildlife and forests. The teachers were very excited to see their students to explore and expand on their new knowledge outside the classroom.
The rescue center’s guides gave the teachers and students an interactive tour and taught them about the biology and behavior of wild animals. Many students were seeing some of these animals for the very first time and it prompted students to be very excited to learn more about wildlife. The experience seemed to spark a curiosity in the students and they asked their guides countless questions about the animals they were meeting. Both the students and their teachers left the trip with a new awareness and value of wildlife and forest protection.
Thank you for your support of our environmentat education efforts and helping us foster the next generation of environemtal advocates!
The Kouprey Express (KE) mobile education recently returned from their second ever international trip to Thailand! The KE team spent a week in Thailand, near the Thai-Cambodian border, working with four Thai National Park Rangers to provide environmental lessons to 257 primary and secondary school students. This cross-border collaboration is helping to preserve Thailand and Cambodia’s natural heritage in a region where the two cultures meld and the wildlife is not confined by international borders. In this southeastern region of Thailand, not only are the landscape and wildlife very similar to that in Cambodia, but around 30% of the people also speak the Cambodian language of Khmer. The KE team translated all of their educational materials into Thai to ensure the same message of conservation is being spread on both sides of the border. These lessons inspire students and community members to love wildlife and to preserve their natural environment as well as understand the impacts of climate change. As a special treat for the students, rangers and staff from Ta Phraya National Park accompanied the KE team to provide students in depth information about the forestry and wildlife laws of Thailand. They also helped teach the students the forestry and wildlife crime hotline numbers for both Thailand and Cambodia.
This international collaboration is ensuring that conservation efforts are not restrained by borders and is helping students to understand that it does not matter where you come from but that we all need to work together to protect nature and our planet. As we raise a new generation of conservationists, we hope they will grow up with a new mindset towards natural resources and they will avoid damaging forests and poaching wildlife.
Thank you for your crucial support of the Kouprey Express! Your donations help make trips like this possible and allow us to spread our conservation message across international borders.
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