Our humble beginnings
In 2006, APE Malaysia began to help provide enrichment for animals at Malaysia’s National Zoo (Zoo Negara). At first, our efforts were small; 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 Zoo Negara to build and develop the only enrichment centre in Malaysia: a hub for enrichment and education activities around this 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 the development of enrichment programmes, we’ve 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’re able to foster a deeper understanding of a zoo animal’s wild ecology. This experience also provides young people with up-close encounters with the animals, hopefully encouraging them to 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 a student or as an adult volunteer, our programme’s participants are always fascinated by the world of enrichment – why not join us and find out more? View our programmes here.