Monday, June 14, 2010

The Green Connection - Turtles, sharks and stingrays all under one roof

KOTA KINABALU: The only place in the city and even in the whole of Sabah where one gets to view live sharks, stingrays, turtles and even hold non-poisonous snakes all under one roof has opened its doors to the public.

The Green Connection, situated at Mile 2.5 Off Jalan Tuaran (near Wisma Wanita) is home to more than 1,200 species ranging from the smallest of insects to slimy snakes and huge sharks.

Its technical director, Professor Steve Oakley, in an interview with the New Sabah Times recently said the centre was set up for education and conservation.

“We built this place so that people can come here and see things they won’t normally see and learn things they won’t normally learn. We want to educate and get the conservation message across to the masses that we need to conserve the environment and its biodiversity,” he said.

He added that it is difficult for children, members of the public and policy makers to go to the jungle to look at plants and wildlife, as well as dive at great sites around Sabah such as the likes of Sipadan.

“So we are bringing the experience to them,” he said.

At the centre, visitors are shown all the glorious animals that live on the reefs and are educated on the importance of conservation and preservation of the environment.

And to make it fun and interesting, visitors get to touch snakes (non-poisonous), starfish, sharks and even handle coconut crabs, which are endangered throughout the world because they are very tasty and easily caught.

Oakley hopes that centres such as theirs will help spur interest in conserving biodiversity, particularly among policy makers as these are the people who have the power to control the destiny of the planet.

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Also Read: The Green Connection Aquarium and Discovery Centre KK Sabah
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