Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Borneo Rhythms of Rimba Wildlife Festival in Sandakan

SANDAKAN: Future Alam Borneo (FAB), in partnership with Protective Action for Wildlife in Sabah through Education (PAWSE) initiative, is presenting the 2nd Borneo Rhythms of Rimba (ROR) Wildlife Festival 2015 next month.

This colourful, two-day outdoor festival brings wildlife and rainforest conservation content to the public, in a unique ‘experiential education’ format.

FAB’s aim is to translate important conservation science and knowledge into holistic and accessible experiences. Unforgettable experiences that will encourage people to truly value the natural heritage and take on a more conscientious and sustainable responsibility.

Themed ‘Biodiversity and Our Future’, ROR2015 is inspired by the unique ecosystems here as well as the breadth of amazing people and ideas that will be coming together for this effort.

The festival will be divided into four zones – Conservation and Environment, Adventure, Creative and Music.

The Conservation and Environment zone will feature presentations by some of the most important conservationists and scientists, at the forefront of Sabah’s and Malaysia’s environmental sphere, as well as international speakers.

To add to the ‘experiential’ factor, the three following zones bring interaction, creativity and pop culture into the conservation message.

The highlight of the Adventure zone is the presence of the Moab Monkeys from Utah, US. Known for their record breaking feats and out-of-this-world/extreme highline and base jumping experiments. Three of their members will be bringing their 2014 Mothership Space Net Penthouse concept to Sandakan in the form of a Human Nest.

The Human Nest is a 20' x 20' web, rigged to the four points of the Sepilok rainforest and suspended over the lake. The public will have a chance to be cradled in it, and consequently understand the importance of the forest habitat to tree dwelling life forms such as orang utans, sunbears, birds, insects and much more. If our planet loses its trees, the complex/intricate ecosystem/web of life and the very air we breathe would be irreversibly damaged.

The Creative zone will be bursting with exciting diversity and colour through a multitude of offerings.