The humble beginning
In 2006, APE Malaysia started to participate in providing enrichment for animals at Malaysia’s National Zoo (Zoo Negara). At first our efforts were small but over the years the project has grown into a multi-faceted collaboration between ourselves, the zoo, volunteers and zoo keepers from all over the world. In 2009, we worked alongside the Zoo Negara to develop and build the only enrichment centre in Malaysia, which is a hub for enrichment and education activities around the zoo and hopefully for all other zoos in Malaysia too! Since then, we have worked alongside Taiping Zoo, Melaka Zoo and Night Safari and Lao Zoo.
As well as supporting in the development of enrichment programmes, we have also pioneered the use of enrichment as an educational tool. We believe that by creating opportunities for students to participate in the design and implementation of enrichment, we are able to foster a deeper understanding of a zoo animal’s wild ecology as well allowing young people up-close encounters which hopefully help develop empathy for other living beings. We currently facilitate enrichment activities via student programmes at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
You can be a part of it too!
Whether joining us as students or adult volunteers, our programme participants are always fascinated by the world of enrichment – why not join us and find out more!