World Wildlife Day 2019
World Wildlife Day was on Sunday March 3rd this year and Fauna in Focus marked the day by creating a giant art installation out of plastic bottles, to raise awareness about the impact of plastic waste on Cambodia's wildlife and natural habitats.
With the help of local students, tourists and our volunteers and staff, we built a 20 meter long Southern river terrapin. This species is actually the national reptile of Cambodia, but there are only around 500 individuals left in the wild, meaning that it is critically endangered. Building the terrapin not only helped to raise awareness about the growing problem of plastic waste in Siem Reap and Cambodia more widely, but also helped us to draw attention to this amazing animal, which is in need of our help to survive!
As well as creating the huge artwork, we screened our film, A Cambodian Nature Film, and introduced some of the students to our ecosystems board game. It was a great day, and we’d like to thank everybody who attended the event and helped to make it so special. We’re already looking forward to next year!