Entertainment in Vietnam, travel tours: The exhibition named “SOS traveling exhibition – Education on wildlife product consumption” takes place

The exhibition named “SOS traveling exhibition – Education on wildlife product consumption” takes place

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Rhino song to memorise the Javan Rhino

(CPV) - The “SOS traveling exhibition – Education on wildlife product consumption” was launched on December 3rd in Ho Chi Minh City at Minh Duc Secondary School, District 1 by Wildlife At Risk (WAR) in collaboration with Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Department of Education and Training and HCMC Forest Protection.

The launching ceremony not only officially launched the SOS traveling tent but also urged leaders, students and participants to act to help Vietnams’ wildlife that faces possible extinction such as the Javan Rhino.
The event was attended by more than 500 people, who were leaders of HCMC Department of Education and Training, HCMC Forest Protection Department, representatives of Department of Education and Trainings from all districts of HCMC, administrators from HCMC Secondary Schools, teachers and students representing Minh Duc Secondary School, Wildlife At Risk staff, non-governmental organisations, volunteers from many universities in HCMC and local media.
After cutting the inauguration ribbon, all participants and students visited the SOS travelling exhibition. This was a tent of about 60m2 that included different interactive exhibits, models and games. The SOS travelling exhibition tent emphasized that consumers are the most dangerous threat to wildlife. Everyone can contribute to wildlife protection by: "Say NO to illegal wildlife products."
More than twenty volunteer students who guide the students at the traveling tent were also presented. These volunteers had been equipped with adequate knowledge and skills and now are ready to help secondary school students through the exhibition.
Ms. Do Thi Thanh Huyen, Wildlife Education Manager, WAR stated that: “WAR has studied and researched carefully before developing the SOS traveling tent to ensure that the exhibition highlights serious issues of illegal wildlife product consumption in an impressive but relaxed manner for the students. We expect that leaving the exhibition, the students will be moved and willing to act to protect Vietnam’s unique wildlife".
In memory of the Javan Rhino, participants and students listen to a unique song about the Javan Rhino in Cat Tien National Park and spend a minute of silence to remember this charismatic mammal.
Writer of the Rhino song Mr. Thanh Phuoc, staff of Cat tien National Park also shared memories about the rhino to help compose the song. Fifty best paintings from the drawing contest titled “Treasures of the forest” focusing on conservation of the Javan Rhino and other endangered wildlife, designed by secondary school students from March to May 2011 are also displayed at the ceremony.
Each participant also receive a special poster in memory of the Javan Rhino that reminds everyone that, “The Javan Rhino has gone forever. Let’s protect other wildlife so it does not suffer from the same fate as the Javan Rhino”.
Mr. Nguyen Hoai Chuong, Vice Director of HCMC Department of Education and Training expressed that: “The SOS traveling tent provides an opportunity for our students and teachers to learn useful knowledge and information related to the illegal wildlife product consumption in HCMC. We are totally committed to support WAR and HCMC Department of Forest Protection in operating this exciting traveling exhibition in the secondary schools in order to call for supports from teachers and students on wildlife protection.”
“We highly appreciate the cooperation of the HCMC Department of Education and Training and HCMC Department of Forest Protection in this program. It shows the serious attention of different bodies in educating a younger generation who appreciates Vietnam’s nature and be willing to conserve it,” Mr. Nguyen Vu Khoi, WAR Director, said.
By the end of 2012, the SOS traveling exhibition will be operating throughout 40 secondary schools in Ho Chi Minh City targeting more than 20,000 students and teachers.

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