Last year,I went to Borneo in Malaysia for my outdoor expedition.It was an amazing experience because I learn a lot from it.I met challenges which boost me forward while I am staying in there.I also learn about the environment and how plastics kill a lot of organisms and how most of the species in Borneo forest are becoming endangered and extinct because of palm oil.
This is what I did during the weeks
On this image, we are cleaning the lake at the camp that we went to, after staying in the research camp.We cleaned the algae/weed that is destroying the landscape of the lake and we end up happy because we had achieve something.
This is also one of the activity where we catch lizard (but not in a way that will kill them)we use a stick and a soft string,..It was really complicated to catch them but we work together and almost catch one.
We did a competition where we roam around the jungle, looking for a place to put our camera in order to capture cool photos of animals passing by and whoever capture the coolest photo wins.We came last, but it does not matter because we capture different species of monkeys.
Every morning,2 people from every group will climb the canopies from 6 to 6.30 and the other 2 from 6.30 to 7.I love it so much because it’s very peaceful in the morning and you can listen to different sounds that every species in the jungle made.I am also scared of heights but after climbing the canopy I started to not scared anymore.During the day, we do other stuff like catching different species of butterflies using the equipment that a person in the picture is holding.I love it so much because of how unique and beautiful they are.I get a chance to learn more about butterflies.
In the picture below, we went and clean the river and pick up plastics bottles and other rubbish.This activity really touch me because I saw how the plastics is destroying the landscape of the river.The problem in Borneo river was that fisherman use plastics bottles for fishing and they just dump it in the river and that also apply to people who live near the river.It was really sad to see them do that but I think it will take a lot of time for them to change that habit because they have been doing that for a long time in their life. However, this activities motivates me to do something different , so I went back to my community and I started talking to my family and relatives about my experience and how bad the effects of plastics bring to the environment and as a result when they went for a shopping, they would take their own shopping bag with them and not bringing any plastics from the shop.
Other activities that I did was looking for python at night and looking for elephants during the day.We looked for python because the scientists need to check ,treat and give them their medics because of the palm oil problem.I am scared of snakes but it’s cool watching how the researchers handle them and also it’s my first time seeing a python so it’s just like wow instead of screaming.
On the last day, we visited Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre where we went to see Orangutan and elephant and learn more about trees.It’s so cool and I really enjoyed it.They are not really tame so we follow the rules for safety.We are so lucky that they allowed us to see the baby elephants, they are so cute but it’s so sad that they can’t live in their natural habitat because it has been destroyed and they are becoming endangered.
Lastly, we did more than this activities…like planting trees, looking for birds early in the morning etc…However, it was an amazing experience and I really do love it because I learn more about Biodiversity and the environment and the idea of doing something different.
Special thanks goes to the teachers..Mary and Katy and especially to our leader Phillip.They did a great job by keeping everyone safe and sound.Cheers to you guys.