Education activities supported by Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo has been a proud supporter of Selamatkan Yaki since 2010. The zoo has a large breeding troop of Sulawesi-crested macaques which are part of the European zoo breeding programme. The troop are a firm favourite with visitors and help to convey important conservation messages about this critically endangered species.

School talk at a primary school in a rural part of northern Sulawesi – Tumpaan

 

In May 2017, Dublin Zoo sent Sandra Molloy, Registrar/Research and Conservation Coordinator, to Sulawesi to meet the Selamatkan Yaki team and to witness the great work they do. Accompanying her were two people from Moondance, the production company for Dublin Zoo’s very popular programme, “The Zoo” to film the visit. Over the course of several days, the SY team demonstrated how they reach out to so many different groups from school children, to meat sellers in markets to government officials with the help of the ever-enthusiastic yaki ambassadors. An amazing day was spent in Tangkoko Nature Reserve where time was spent observing a gregarious troop of yaki, a resting bear cuscus, an awaking tarsier family and countless numbers of birds and spiders. The visit ended with a trip to Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue and Education Centre which helps many species of animals, including yaki, which have been rescued from the wildlife trade.

In mid-May 2018 viewers in Ireland can view this amazing visit to Sulawesi on “The Zoo” television programme. This programme is also broadcast in many countries around the world including the U.K, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Thailand so keep your eyes peeled.


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