Free the Bears (FTB)
Free The Bears work focuses on the Asiatic Black Bears and Malaysian Sun Bears. Working with Wildlife Alliance they rescue animals from illegal captivity and provide a sanctuary that endeavours to replicate their natural environments. Many of the rescued bears are, however, so traumatized by their experiences that they cannot live a natural life but FTB provides for them the best they can.
During Week Without Walls, ISPP students experience what it is like to work as an animal keeper at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre (PTWRC). This involves participating in the daily chores of cleaning cages, hiding food treats for animals to stimulate their natural foraging instincts and also making/repairing life enrichment toys to further engage the animals. Beyond this, Grade 6 students in Product Design Class design and make nesting boxes for the smaller animals cared for at PTWRC such as the Slow Loris and Asian Palm Civet. Their work can be seen in some of the animal enclosures but they are also used deep in the forest away from public interaction.
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