On 13th November 2014, a voluntary activity at National Zoo, Kuala Lumpur was organized by the MLT mentoring program as part of MLT Club project. A total of 33 MLT students were involved in this activity. 3 lecturers accompanied the students as the facilitators. At the National Zoo, students were registered as the volunteers and briefed by the education department who were in charge on tasks, protocols, safety and ethics. Students were divided into 10 groups and different tasks were assigned for each group. Basically, they were assigned to clean the zoo area and animals’ cage. Besides that, students had the opportunity to feed the animals too. Apart from cleaning the zoo area, students collected soil, stool and water sample from animals’ cages for parasitological and bacteriological studies.
The major aim of this activity is to build a sense of responsibility and care towards wild lives and nature in students. Besides, this activity also creates a strong bond among students via teamwork. Students also had the opportunity of analyzing the samples obtained from zoo for their study purpose. Students gained valuable knowledge about the nature of wild lives and they enjoyed themselves watching and feeding the animals.
Students’ group picture in front of Education department of National Zoo, Kuala Lumpur
Students are feeding the animals
Student is culturing the water and stool sample for bacteriological studies