| Chris Rockwell |
THE Meragang Sixth Form Centre (PTEM) recently received a visit from the 1stopbrunei Wildlife Club.
Attending a talk by Muhammad Shavez on the current state of wildlife in Borneo, particulary in Brunei, were the upper six students who are currently studying the Environment topic in General Paper. The wild cats of Borneo, bird life, reptiles and an assortment of endangered species were the core topics of the presentation.
Students were surprised to learn there was a monkey called the Meragang Monkey, but were disturbed to learn of the decline of otters in certain parts of Brunei. Even more disturbing were the incidents of poaching and illegal sales of wildlife that occur in various places.
Also present to deliver a presentation was the visiting expert on pangolins, Louise Fletcher from the UK.
According to her, about one million pangolins have been killed over the last 10 years.
Both speakers stressed how education and spreading awareness can be keys to combating wildlife loss and students were encouraged to adopt a caring and sensitive attitude toward the natural environment.