| Hamidah Ismail |
THE educational programmes that have been conducted in schools since last year by the 1stopbrunei Wildlife Club have shown positive results. The club has been receiving a lot of calls asking for help to rescue animals. These calls mostly came from the parents of the children who have attended the wildlife education programme last year and this year.
The recently rescued animals include a crocodile, a Paradise flying snake, Sumatran cobra and a reticulated python, all of which were released in protected parks as advised by experts in the field.
The reticulated python is the world’s longest snake and can grow up to 25 feet in length. It is not venomous but instead, constricts its prey before eating it. The Paradise flying snake is one of the few species of snakes in Brunei which can glide through the air, from tree to tree. They are mildly venomous but not fatally dangerous to humans.
The Sumatran cobra is a venomous and spitting cobra which people should stay away from.
The club was invited to talk about wildlife to 25 schools and have spoken to more than 4,000 students in 2014. In 2015, they have given eight wildlife talks so far. The club is overwhelmed with the positive response however is struggling as they don’t have proper facilities and enough funds to carry out its education and rescue services.
The club can be found on Facebook via ‘1stopbrunei wildlife’ page. Corporate companies and individuals are welcome to support the club.
Interested individuals may also purchase the club’s t-shirt at XOIA, located at Unit BRS – 36, 3rd Floor, The Mall, Gadong. Proceeds from the purchase will go towards the club’s rescue activities and educational programmes.