Students adopt Kiki, the rhinoceros hornbill

Ahmad (second from left) presenting the sponsorship for Kiki the hornbill, to Rosly (second from right). Looking on are Suresh and Zoo Negara public relations and marketing chairman Zarina Idris.

A GROUP of dedicated students have taken on the commitment of adopting Kiki, a rhinoceros hornbill, as part of Zoo Negara’s wildlife sponsorship programme.

The students of St John’s International Primary and Secondary School (SJIS) officially adopted the bird by sponsoring its yearly upkeep and maintenance.

Spearheaded by SJIS’s Interact Club students, they raised RM10,500 through various activities such as school carnival, Valentine’s Day sales and cross-country charity run.

SJIS director and member of the board of governors Tunku Datuk Ahmad Burhanuddin said these types of activities encouraged students to become involved in social and environmental issues from an early age.

“We hope students will not only focus on academics but take part in environmental causes.

“There is a lot that we can do to help in causes such as this and I commend the students for taking up this responsibility of caring for Kiki, ” he said during a cheque presentation to Zoo Negara.

Zoo Negara deputy president Rosly@Rahmat Ahmat Lana said the prolonged closure during the movement control order (MCO) had severely affected the zoo’s main income stream.

“We rely on ticket sales to survive, so the enforced closure was a challenging time for us.

“But the support from Malaysian public and corporations has been tremendous, ” he said.

He added that generous Malaysians had donated some RM8mil over the past four months, which would keep the zoo going for the next six months.

SJIS principal Suresh Dass said the adoption of the hornbill was particularly relevant as the school’s logo also featured a bird — albeit a mythological one — the phoenix.

“The distinctive hornbill, which the Dayaks of Borneo believe symbolise the spirit of god, is a fitting partner to the mythical bird that represents the school’s strong values of pride and determination, ” he said.

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