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Friday, 24 July 2015

Wildlife festival set to captivate

KOTA KINABALU: Get set for an ‘out of this world’ outdoor festival which will be staged to create awareness on wildlife conservation.

The 2nd Borneo Rhythms of Rimba (ROR) Wildlife Festival 2015 will be held at the Rainforest Discovery Centre in Sepilok, Sandakan.

It promises to bring information, knowledge, adventure and music in one event to people of all ages.

The event is organised by the Future Alam Borneo (FAB) society in partnership with the Protective Action for Wildlife in Sabah through Education initiative.

It will feature four zones – Conservation & Environment, Adventure, Creative and Music.

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

To add to the experiential factor, the other zones will bring interaction, creativity and pop culture into the conservation message.

The highlight of the Adventure zone will be the presence of the Moab Monkeys from Utah, United States.

Known for their record-breaking feats and 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 hopefully understand the importance of the forest habitat to tree-dwelling life forms such as orang utan, sunbears, birds, insects and much more.

The Creative zone will see Salad Dressing Landscape Singapore creating a forest canopy-top cinema where a complex structure will be built high above the trees, and under the stars and moon.

The prime screening will be the fictional pirate tale of Sandokan, a well-known and-loved story by Europeans which will inspired by elements from Borneo’s past.

The cinema will be a limited-access concept but the public will be able to participate in it by way of the canopy walkways and towers.

Bringing colour and festive cheer to ROR2015 is Wintercroft masks UK featuring a couple who will be offering four unique Bornean animal masks – the sunbear, clouded leopard, pygmy elephant and Bornean rhino for festival goers.

Sabahan artists such as Cracko Art Group, Pangrok Sulap, jewellery designer Jonathan Yun, children’s book illustrator Evi Shelvia and Carolyn Lau of Seksan Design will be offering a mix of workshops for the public to further encourage an appreciation of the environment.

Last but not least, FAB has brought together a host of musicians in the Music zone who will convey a message of hope and inspiration.

ROR2015 tickets cost RM30 (adult) and RM10 (concession).

Tickets entitle purchasers to both days of festival entry, and one of four special Borneo ROR animal DIY masks from www.wintercroft.com.

For more information, go to www.futurealamborneo.org or the official Future Alam Borneo Facebook page.

Tags / Keywords: Southern & Eastern Region , wildlife festival , borneo rhythms of rimba

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