Abstract # 13116 Poster # 100:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 9, 2018 06:00 PM-08:00 PM: (Chula Vista ) Poster Presentation


EIGHTEEN YEARS OF OUTREACH EDUCATION AT TANGKOKO NATURE RESERVE, NORTH SULAWESI, INDONESIA: CONSERVATION LEADERS OF TOMORROW REMEMBER YESTERDAY

R. C. Kyes1, M. Nangoy2, J. Onibala2, I. Wahyuni2, S. Laatung2, M. Tamasoleng2, H. Wungouw2 and E. Iskandar3
1Depts. of Psychology and Global Health, Center for Global Field Study, Washington National Primate Research Center, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-1525, USA, 2Faculty of Animal Sciences, Sam Ratulangi Univ., Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, 3Primate Research Center, Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia
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     The success of any conservation program depends in part on the ability of the local people to take leading roles in the conduct of those programs. Here we report on our long-term outreach education program conducted at the Tangkoko Nature Reserve for school children (grade 3) from the local village of Batu Putih. Conducted annually since 2001, this program has focused on promoting environmental awareness, an understanding of the relationship with global health, and a sense of commitment to the conservation of biodiversity. Our program involves: a powerpoint presentation focusing on conservation and global health that highlights local species like the Sulawesi black macaque (Macaca nigra); an art contest with the theme: promoting good conservation practices; and a small reception for students/teachers including presentation of the art contest awards. More than 800 children have participated in the outreach over the past 18 years. During the last several years, an interesting observation has emerged. A growing number of individuals(>20) who participated in our early outreach programs have gone on to join our annual Tangkoko “Field Course in Conservation Biology & Global Health” as young adults. Some have even become local conservationists and tour guides. We believe these outcomes reflect the value of sustained, long-term outreach programs in helping to promote a commitment to conservation. Assistance/Support: BKSDA; UNSRAT; PSSP-IPB; OneEarthInstitute; WoodlandParkZoo; SEAC-UW; ORIP-NIH Grant P51OD010425 to WaNPRC.