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West Island School at Tasikoki

West Island School at Tasikoki

It’s been a rather eventful week for Mr Head, Ms Williams and sixteen keen and enthusiastic students from West Island School, Hong Kong who have just enjoyed five days at Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre.

West Island School accomplished a great deal in a short space of time at Tasikoki. Their week started with an introductory session into the local biodiversity, learning about the challenges and the impact of the illegal wildlife trade whilst raising awareness of Indonesia’s deforestation issues and the importance of protecting the remaining habitat to prevent further extinction.

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Onsite activities for the week included a large scale beach clean up, bug hunting, foraging and creating enrichments for the animals at the rescue centre. Cooking classes to make local, palm oil free, sweet treats and a Permaculture project whereby the students helped to establish a food garden around the lodge.

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Learning also continued away from Tasikoki with a day trip to Bunaken, one of the best dive sites in the world, to snorkel above an extremely rich and bio-diverse coral reef. Followed by a second day trip to Tomohon to learn all about the amazing Arenga Pinnata, a mixed forest palm which produces more than 60 products. West Island School witnessed how the juice is extracted from the Arenga palm in the forest and then turned into a delicious sugar, by hand, at the local Masarang Sugar Factory. The tour continued with a hike to the top of a local volcano followed by a trip to Rurukan to experience the local and very cultural warrior dance. Before the week came to a close, West Island School also had the chance to visit a local school to share their musical skills and learn more about the local culture, a very fun and popular excursion.

The Management, staff and volunteers at Tasikoki would like to send a sincere thank you to West Island School for their continued support and donations. Their generous donations were greatly received by the animals and staff at Tasikoki. We hope that you all had a truly inspirational experience at Tasikoki and look forward to greeting you again next year.

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South Island School’s Visual Highlights of Tasikoki.

South Island School’s Visual Highlights of Tasikoki.

For the third year running, students from South Island School have just returned to Hong Kong after having spent one whole week at Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre as part of their CAS programme.

One student, Shannon Hui, was very inspired by her visit to Tasikoki. Upon returning to Hong Kong, she made a series of videos about her rewarding experience at Tasikoki. Shannon expressed her sincere gratitude to the event organisers stating:

“Thank you again for the memorable trip, it is by far an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

We are delighted to be able to share the highlights of her trip to Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre with you.

 

Blog Post By Shannon Hui

 

Upon arrival at Tasikoki following an 18 hour journey, our adventure began. The rescue centre resides within what appears to be the ‘centre of nowhere’, whilst also being beyond what any of us could have expected.
Waking to such a beautiful landscape was overwhelming, especially with its divergence to what we’re used to calling home. Hong Kong: An urban jungle!
Walking along the stone paths of the rescue centre, a symphony conjured by the species of Tasikoki surrounds you: cockatoos, babirusas, sea eagles, cassowaries, sun bears, and orangutans are only a few amongst many more.
Over the week we stayed at Tasikoki, we had opportunities to make enrichment for these animals, from foraging and assembly to enrichment and feeding. Furthermore, tree planting, beach clean ups, visual art projects, and excursions to other Masarang projects such as the Tulap turtle hatchery were also included within our agenda- there was never a dull moment!
These service activities provide for greater awareness of local ecosystems and the importance of wildlife conservation and have been a source of humbleness and enlightenment for everyone on the trip.

 

To see Shannon’s experience please watch her video

 

“As you walk around the circumference of Mahawu volcano, you’re only meters away from the edge; snorkeling amongst Manado’s reef, its fish and coral are close enough to touch (though, of course, we didn’t!).
Interacting with the local community at Rurukan and in a secondary school, it was heartening to find that we found means to connect and communicate albeit with a language barrier.
From its people, to their houses, to the scenery from land to ocean, the magnificence of Indonesia is beyond the limits of words. After experiencing the benefits of Arenga Forest sugar, after our visit to a local Arenga Pinnata tapper and the Masarang Arenga Sugar factory, it was then explained to us the extent to which palm oil, by comparison, is harmful. At home, we’re accustomed to consuming products without a second thought: purchase, use, dispose, repeat! However, following our return from Tasikoki, we can begin to recognise and consider the ethics of our choices and actions, demonstrating our engagement with issues of global significance.”

Rescues 2014

Rescues 2014

Animal Rescue

Tasikoki has been established as a facility to enable the confiscation of animals from illegal wildlife traders and smugglers. Tasikoki’s rescue team assists the authorities by investigating wildlife crimes and providing evidence to aid prosecution. The animals, the victims of this trade, can find safe refuge at the rescue centre and begin a rehabilitation programme so that they can be released back to the wild where suitable habitat is available. Professional quarantine and an on-site veterinary clinic enable Tasikoki to offer the animals expert medical care prior to transit to a suitable rehabilitation centre or begin rehabilitation in-house for native species.

 

Apart from dealing with confiscated wildlife, the Tasikoki rescue team also helps victims of human conflict. Where wild animals are hurt or suffering due to human intervention, we try to assist in rescuing animals from these problems and facilitating solutions to the conflicts.

Currently Tasikoki is home to 150 birds of 20 different species, approximately 50 primates including macaques, gibbons and orangutans, as well as a host of other wildlife, such as sun bears, babirusa, deer, crocodiles and more that are all in need of continuous care.