Sunday, June 23, 2013

Subang Jaya Teenagers Went Wild in the Kinabatangan, Sabah

Sunway Pyramid’s effort in saving the Pygmy Elephants continued - the mall was also one of the co-sponsors for SJ Echo, a local community paper’s project to take 13 students over to Kinabatangan, Sabah to gain awareness on issues pertaining the wild life.
Just a bit of a re-cap on what went on during last March's EleFUN Holiday:
Owing to Malaysians’ caring nature, a whopping RM20,000 was raised during Sunway Pyramid’s EleFUN Holiday: A Pygmy Elephant Project, as the mall paid tribute to the incident involving the 14 Pygmy Elephants which died at the Gunung Rara forest reserve, and 10 more which had wandered off their range and ventured into the villagers’ plantations.

The project was done in a joint-effort between the mall and Borneo Conservation Trust, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Sabah which focuses on preserving the habitat and migration routes of Borneo's most endangered wildlife.

The fund, which will be channelled to the NGO, was raised through the ‘adoptions’ of the elephant sculptures by Sunway Pyramid’s tenants and also donations from the shoppers.
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Today is the teenagers get-together for the finale and closing of the Answer the Call of the Wild trip to the Kinabatangan, Sabah


Do you know that thirteen Subang Jaya teenagers had an adventure of a lifetime, celebrating World Environment Day in the Kinabatangan Corridor of Life in Sabah from 6 June - 9 June 2013. The group of youths between the ages of 13-17 spent 4 days learning more about conservation efforts by Sabah conservations, green efforts by tourism operators along the Kinabatangan River, witnessing wildlife in their natural habitat and most significiantly planting 200 trees in one hour in conservation site.

Some photos above are captured and selected for Canon prizes from Answer the Call of the Wild in Kinabatangan, Sabah trip. You can see more pictures at https://www.facebook.com/SJEcho for detail of photo and winners. They are three photos and three winners.

 The first-of-its-kind trip which was organized by Subang Jaya's community newspaper SJ Echo was financed and supported by The Summit Subang USJ, Sunway Pyramid, Subang Jaya State Assemblyman and Selangor Assembly Speaker Yang Berhormat Hannah Yeoh, the Kinabatangan Corridor of Life Tourism Operatos Association (KiTA) and Canon Malaysia. It was also supported by Nestle Rileaf, Sabah Wildlife Department (Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre) and the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sandakan.

Are picture are the group of teenagers that went Wild in the Kinabatangan, Sabah. Below pictures are group photo of them with their parents.
 
One of the most memorable and heart-stomping moment was the sight of a 4 metre long riverine crocodile feasting on the carcase of what is believed to be that of a Marble cat. The sight of the crocodile leaping halfway out of the water had everyone gasping in awe.
 
The teenagers also had oppourtunity to visit Gomantong Caves, one of Sabah's well-known sites for bird nest harvesting. They had the chance to walk into the caves to see for themselves the wonders of nature where man and nature co-existed for continuous and sustainable harvest of birds nest.
 
The participants learned a lot during their trip. They witnessed first hand wildlife in their natural habitat an dalso got to meet face to face the people behind all the conservation efforts in the Kinabatangan.
 
You can view more pictures at Facebook of
SJ Echo and Sunway Pyramid
 
If you are interested to get your hands on the SJ Echo newspaper, you can check out the Herbs & Food shop at Taipan, USJ. The SJ Echo newspaper is the June 2013 issue, from there you can get to know faces and names of the thirteen teenagers.

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