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UMS students volunteers in replanting conservation

12th December, 2018

By MOHD IZHAM B. HASHIM

TAWAU: Student volunteers from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) played their part in conservation by replanting 232 native and hardwood trees in the effort to restore the rainforest habitat of Sabah’s endangered elephants.

“Connecting people with wildlife through eco volunteering projects puts participants directly to drive meaningful change in conserving the environment and spread the message of protecting wildlife,” said Dr Tini Maizura Mohtar, UMS Head of the Tourism Management programme.

Participants on board the programme at the #plant4borneoelephants project site banded together to replant rainforest trees at plantations as new sanctuaries for elephants and other wildlife found in the wildlife corridor. Additionally, Dr Tini said the initiative, which was first kickstarted by 1StopBorneo, is also aimed at changing the view of plantation owners towards elephants which are assets for eco-tourism that create new source of income for plantations.

During the programme, students and general visitors also joined wildlife spotting and were given a deeper insight into conservation tourism of Borneo’s elephants in the plantations.

With the successful completion of their tree-planting activities, students were also presented with certificates in recognition of their efforts in doing their bit for rainforest rehabilitation and protection.

“We want to show how every small efforts count and can go a long way in protecting our priceless wildlife,” said Assistant Conservation and Environmental Manager, Hafizul.

Carrying their backpacks, caps and bandanas, the participants also spent their time getting into the shoes of a wildlife ranger, patrolling and searching for wildlife in the jungle.

On increasing participation to the tree replanting programme, Dr Tini commented: “This initiative also welcomes the contribution from corporate organisation to support conservation; moreover this activity should be made a regular event to promote love for wildlife and nature.”

   
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