International Day for Biodiversity 2018

It is International Day for Biological Diversity and Fauna in Focus showcased some of our high-quality environmental educational materials and media. We had 4 interactive stations set up along with a large monitor for everyone to discover our exciting wildlife media, nature films, and promotional videos. We had great crowd engagement today and our Cambodian Ecosystems board game was a huge hit!  We had so many students playing at the same time that our Wildlife Instructor, Chea Samban, had to think fast on his feet and create a speed version for up to 20 players to play at one time! The kids loved it!

We were thrilled to help so many discover the importance of biodiversity and help the ministry’s efforts in the development and preservation of biodiversity through this great community based event. With about 500 in attendance, around 200 students were hands-on at our presentations of our Wildlife club activities.  While exploring the Wildlife Club lessons, the kids were eager to jump in and learn!

Our Wildlife Club lesson "Animal Needs & Adaptations" was a favorite.  This board lets students explore different animals and the behavioral and physical adaptations they have.  They then have to figure out how that adaption helps the animal survive in its natural habitat. After they are finished with the board they use what they have learned to make inferences about the adaption of several models we have for them to see, including a tiger skull, eagle skull, and owl claw.  It is important for them to make these observations, as an example they might say " I observe the tiger has big jaw muscles and large teeth.  I infer that this is probably and adaption for hunting and eating large prey."  We also had three more stations for the students to discover, the primate information station, Insect Microscope station, and of course the popular Cambodian Ecosystems Board Game. It was a very exciting day!

This kind of interactive and engaging education is widely under-represented in most Cambodian classrooms.  Fauna in Focus provides these students with a fun, and most important, memorable learning experience in school when presenting our Wildlife Club. We believe they are more likely to remember what they have learned later using this hands-on method. Fauna in Focus would like to thank the Ministry of Environment for the invitation and for hosting this amazing event. 

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