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Text by Andy N Norman & Mizuno Merek Men
Photos by Andy N Norman, Mizuno Merek Men & APE Malaysia
Hammock Amok is an activity that is organized by Ape Malaysia and funded by AirAsia Foundation. The objective of this project is to give the animals enrichment and also to recycle the fire hoses from Fire Rescue Department that are already expired. From 7th to 8th September 2019 Hammock amok took place at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park and 36 participants were joined by AirAsia staff from different departments. The night before the event started, we had a welcoming dinner and a simple introduction of the Hammock Amok activity for the participants. And we did some ice breaking games, to get to know each other.
All the participants divided into 5 groups and each group had their own target to finish.
At first, the groups were a little bit slow but after they understood how to make the Hammock, they managed to do it faster. And they almost reached the target.
All groups continued making the fire hose enrichment and some of the groups had already reached the target before the day finished. They also helped to paint the walkway at Hornbill cage.
On the second day they finished within half a day. All groups finished all the fire hose enrichment, reached the target and got more extras for the Zoo. All participants were so happy because they reached the targets!
This activity was so meaningful and important. It brought people together to get to know each other and saved the environment by reusing old fire hoses instead of throwing or burning them away. All the fire hose enrichments were given to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.
I am grateful to have been invited by APE Malaysia as an organizing member for the Hammock Amok in Lok Kawi Zoo. Throughout the programme, I learnt and gained countless experience that made me more confident in speaking to foreigners even though my English is not so fluent (hehe). I’m proud to have been able to lead the group and give orders in English even though sometimes I had to use body language💪💪💪. I also learnt to carry out my responsibilities in taking care of the safety of participants in the group under my supervision and made sure we reached the target set out for us.
For our target, we needed to make sixteen pieces of enrichment in total in 2 days. Although a lot of participants had to get their hands dirty and were exhausted, we still managed to reach the target together as a group. This was my first time making two large-sized hammocks, two medium-sized hammocks, two small cubes, three large cubes, one honeycomb and one hoof feeder in a day. I thought this was unbelievable! 😯
I would like to thank the participants from Air Asia for spending their time in making enrichments to create a better life for the animals. I am thrilled that I could improve myself and my communication through this programme. In the future, I hope this programme would still be organized and more people from the public will join in to maintain the welfare of our animals.