AT TAYLOR'S: Claire Heap (heap.c@nexus.edu.my)
PROJECT PARTNER: Zoo Negara (education@zoonegaramalaysia.my)
Malaysia National Zoo, or Zoo Negara, is located on the north east edge of Kuala Lumpur and is home to over 5,000 animals representing nearly 500 different species. In May 2014 a new home was built for two pandas from China, Xing Xing and Liong Liong, who will remain on site for ten years before being returned to the wilds. Zoo Negara Malaysia is managed by the Malaysian Zoological Society, a non-governmental organization established in 1963. At 110 acres, it is one of Asia’s most spacious zoos and maintains a reputation for animal safety and environmental integrity with a design that reflects modern concepts of animal enclosures.

The Zoo Negara program at Nexus offers animal lovers an opportunity to work with the great variety of animals at the Zoo. Working with the national site’s zookeepers, students are given the opportunity to clean, care for and even feed the animals. Additionally, volunteers are also given the opportunity to work at the research centre as graphic designers of promotional material and photographers for the animals in the park. Volunteers can either work from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm or even for the entire day, depending on the volunteer’s choice of hours. Since volunteering at the Zoo can last up to 8 hours and the Zoo is quite a distance from Nexus, the school needs to take pains that the volunteering sessions run smoothly on a monthly basis.