Category Archives: Conservation Education

Matt’s Blog – People, Places and Planes

Having arrived in Indonesia nearly a month ago a lot has happened. I’ve experienced Java from the densely populated megacity Jakarta, to the tranquil forests of west Java – and much in-between. The village of Cipaganti provides a vibrant and welcoming back-drop for the volunteer house. Located high in the mountain, and surrounded by sprawling farmland, plantations and eventually, high up the mountain the forest.

The remaining forest found at the top of the mountain is peaceful and remains little disturbed. To get there you have to hike up the mountain on thin slippery mud paths; through the agricultural land and sprawling labu plantations. It is within this agriculture and labu that the projects focal animals persist. The slow lorises are found at night weaving through the labyrinth of labu, coffee, tea and occasional small forest patches to hunt for insects, their feeding trees and bamboo sleep-sites.

Mount Gunung Puntang

I was lucky enough to see some wild animals in my short time here including leopard cats, snakes, tree-shrews and wild. I was lucky enough to see a slow loris family when following Shirley, one of the sites focal animals, with the trackers and Helene who was conducting observational research. Unexpectedly Fernando, a burly male loris and partner to Shirley arrived with their baby Star. Fernando watched as Star left his side to join her mother, once she was safely with her he departed, leaving the two safely foraging together amongst the calliandra trees. We continued to watch the mother and daughter as they feed and clambered through the trees, with the baby remaining in her mother’s caring, attentive gaze. Shirley and Star soon went to their sleeping site, deep a large bamboo out of sight. To our surprise after half an hour or so Fernando returned to join his family to sleep.

Within the site the staff and volunteers have all become a ‘family away from home’ much like the lorises we observed. I feel the project, and as an extension the volunteers are accepted as members of the village – we were even all invited to Wita, the local teacher’s, birthday meal where her family welcomed us into their home as friends. The villagers are all so warm, welcoming, friendly and polite. From toddlers to the elderly and everyone in-between you are always greeted with a pleasant smile, or friendly wave from people you pass in the street.

I have found I spend a lot of my free time ‘entertaining’ the local children who children flock to the research house to play games, draw and colour or climb our tree to snack on the apple-like Jambu fruit which seems to always be in bloom. I recently spent hours with a group of usually boisterous boys teaching them to make paper aeroplane, and colouring them in. We then saw who could fly their plane the furthest. I was particularly pleased the children remembered how to make the planes the following day.

The children are always pleased to help me learn Bahasa Indonesian – patiently telling me what things are called and aiding with my pronunciation; especially when we are talking about animals! I was delighted to be able to return the favour when I, along with Lucy and Danielle was invited to teach English at the local school. The children were keen to learn –attending even though they had to walk through a heavy rain downpour to attend!

The class was predominantly girls; to begin with they were shy to talk in-front of us but this was overcome due to their eagerness to learn. We taught them English introductions and polite conversation and refreshed their English numbers. The children and teachers were so welcoming and grateful for us helping and asked for a group picture and for us to return next week.

 

 

 

Baby Slow Loris Rescue!

By Lucy -Public Relations  Outreach Officer


Hey 🙂 I’m Lucy and I began volunteering for LFP in 2015. I am now the Public Relations Outreach Officer for LFP, which involves organising events such as Slow Loris Outreach Week and managing LFP’s social media. I am also a Masters student in Primatology and Conservation at Oxford Brookes University. For my Thesis I am interested in arboreal bridges as a habitat strategy for the slow loris living within a fragmented agroforest. I have designed a Building Bridges Education Pack for children in Java, and these activities take place every Friday and Saturday in Nature Club. I will be measuring the programme’s success at instilling a sense of compassion and protection towards the slow loris and the natural environment. I will also be working and learning alongside local farmers, and helping out with the agroforestry project, as well as creating and participating in outreach days within the local community. I am very passionate about caring for animals, people and the planet <3

Talking about my regeneration

 

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Slow Loris Conservation Through Education and Outreach

By Ella Brown – Field Station Coordinator


As the Field Station Coordinator, my job encompasses many responsibilities. From conducting slow loris observations, paying salaries, and overseeing volunteers. Here, I do a large mixture of things. One aspect of my job that is very important to both me and the organization is our education and outreach activities. Every week, we go a local school to lead what is called Nature Club. About 70 children, ages 6-13, attend our lessons. We start each session with a small English lesson, usually about simple grammar rules or new vocabulary words, and continue with lessons about local wildlife and conservation. Every 3 months, we have a new theme to our lessons. We just started a new theme, with the help of a volunteer working on her Master’s thesis, called Building Bridges. For the next 12 weeks, our students will learn about the different lorises that live near their homes and why protecting them is important. Many of the children’s families own farms in the mountains that intersect slow loris homeranges. Therefore, we will “assign” each student a loris who they will learn about and want to protect. We hope to instill a sense of pride in each student about the loris whose home they share, encouraging empathy and awareness of lorises and all other Indonesian wildlife.

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Behind the Scenes of Real World Conservation

Everyone reading this is most likely aware of the Little Fireface Project and what we do.  Our conservation and research work is crucial to the survival of the Javan slow loris and often times we can look incredibly impressive through our social media accounts and research outputs.

While this is all of course an accurate representation of the incredible work that I am lucky enough to be a part of, it is only half of the story. Unfortunately, only a small portion of each of my days is reflected in these inspiring images. The vast majority of the day of a coordinator is much less glamourous!
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Slow Loris Outreach Week 2017

Every October the Little Fireface Project invites the whole world to participate in Slow Loris Outreach Week (SLOW). Each year a collaboration of inspirational people from different areas of the globe work hard to create awareness of the Critically Endangered slow loris. We at the Little Fireface Project would love to take this opportunity to sincerely and humbly thank everyone who have supported the slow loris and the Little Fireface Project.

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Dr Slow Loris Got It!

 At the Little Fireface Project, we are delighted to premiere Kana Kawanishi​’s book Dr slow loris got it! during SLOW 2017. Kana Kawanishi is a student of Yokohama International School. She chose to research on illegal trafficking of slow loris as a topic for her Personal Project. Japan is known to be the world’s biggest market for slow lorises and social media has a huge influence on this problem. This is why she made a picture book for children to give them prior knowledge about illegal animal trading before getting influenced by social media. The book was printed in Yokohama Japan and tells the story of a kind-hearted doctor named Dr. Slow Loris who goes around the world to help other slow lorises who are in need of help. Illustrations for this book were created using crayons, markers and coloured pencils. We would love to have this book translated into as many languages as possible to help spread this important message. If you are able to offer your time to do this please email us at info@littlefireface.org


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Professor nominated for world’s leading animal conservation award

A professor at Oxford Brookes University has been nominated for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize 2018 for her pioneering conservation work and research.

Regarded as the world’s leading award for animal conservation, the Indianapolis Prize recognises and rewards conservationists from around the world who have achieved major victories in saving the lives of endangered and threatened animals.

Anna Nekaris, Professor in Primate Conservation and Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University, is a pioneering researcher who is responsible for much of our knowledge of Asia’s secretive, nocturnal primates – the slender and slow lorises. Continue reading Professor nominated for world’s leading animal conservation award

Teaching Indonesian children natural history can change attitudes about illegal trade

New research, which has assessed the impact of a children’s storybook on a Critically Endangered species – the Javan slow loris – has been published today (Monday 14 August).

A team of researchers from Oxford Brookes University, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia and the Little Fireface Project produced a book and education programme designed to teach children about the nocturnal primates that are under threat because of being captured from the wild and traded illegally as pets. Continue reading Teaching Indonesian children natural history can change attitudes about illegal trade

Volunteering for Conservation Education

So often, when looking for volunteering opportunities in wildlife conservation or research, you’ll see images of deep dark forests, scientific observations, rescued animals being fed or sometimes even played with, etc. However, something that isn’t always pushed forward into the public eye is the massive amount of outreach and education work that is done at these centres.

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Workshop about slow loris in Brunei: A way towards their survival

Hi everyone, my name is Priscillia Miard and I have been working with wild slow lorises since 2012 where I first discovered them in Sabah, Borneo. I did my MSc at Oxford Brookes University after visiting LFP in Indonesia. After finishing my studies in the UK I knew I had to do more to help save slow lorises from extinction. So, after my MSc I went to Brunei to meet some amazing people working to save the slow loris and we decided to organise a workshop with the Government for the World Wildlife Day.

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