ENV’s outreach team has had a busy time recently, holding a series of well-received awareness-raising activities in two big universities in Hanoi: Hanoi University and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities.
300 interested students at Hanoi University took the time between classes to visit our wildlife trade exhibit last Thursday, learn about the need for wildlife protection and share their own thoughts with us. Later in the afternoon, the interactive wildlife conservation program, which also includes an educational presentation, films and an interesting debate, was made even more memorable by an impressive performance from a group of students in the bear bile sketch, which presented the issues at the same time as having many of us roaring with laughter.
In the wildlife trade exhibit at University of Social Sciences and Humanities yesterday, our ‘sharing ideas’ board asked participants “Someone in your family gets sick and believes that tiger bone glue/rhino horn is the best kind of medicine to treat the disease. Will you do something to stop it or will you let it happen?”, and attracted 205 people to respond; one young woman, after reading our displays and resources, told ENV that she would prevent the use of the product because “there is no scientific proof of the medicinal value of tiger bone glue. Use of tiger bone glue will push tigers to the brink of extinction”. The wildlife conservation talk was also enthusiastically received by 100 students, and included another fantastic bear performance. At the end of the program many students were evidently inspired to get more involved with wildlife conservation activities as they registered to become part of ENV’s volunteer network.
Photo of programs at University of Social Sciences and Humanities