Last week, 5th grade went to Cat Tien, which is a forest really near Dao Tien. This trip was for learning about sustainability and it was a case study. Case study is when we go there and learn directly, not from the internet.
1.What did you do at the Moon Bear Center?
We went to the moon bear center,where they help the bears that was stuck in small cage and got their bile taken from them, and they help the bears to become bears and survive only in the wild. We went to the bear play are ,which the moon bear is still in their own cage so its safe, and what we had to do was to spread and hide the their foods around the place to encourage them to find their own food, like the way they do in the wild. Some of us got some peanut butter and spread around the area which was trees mainly. Some of us got fruits and hid them on trees and leaf and bush, some on the ground. It was great fun, then the teachers told us it was time to release the bears so we got out of that area and went to a high place to look at the bears, finding their food. While watching, we were journaling in our books. Then we got the professional to come and answer some of our question about moon bears and sustainability.
2.What did you like and what was an unexpected surprise at Cat Tien? What was something you’d never seen before? What was your favorite moment?
I like Cat Tien because the food was decent and the rooms are clean, also because the way we connect with nature, and how at night it’s not like the city, it gives me a ‘wild life’ feel. There’s no motorbike and no cars going around. No city lights, and how its so silent and how bright and pretty the stars are.
For me the unexpected surprise thing was that this was the place where last year in my old school went as a trip, also the food there, I thought is not that good because it is in the forest but it turns out to be really good.
I have never seen a weasel before and now that I went to Cat Tien, I did. I didn’t really see the whole body of the weasel because it was so quick climbing on the trees that I couldn’t see it properly.
My favourite moment is when I went on the night safari because I have never ever gone through a forest at pitch dark night and seeing all those animal is super amazing. The wind was cool and sometimes we came to places that the trees curved in making me feel like I’m in a tree cave.
3.How does Cat Tien connect to our unit about sustainability?
Well, Cat Tien was a very sustainability place because how they think about having a good enjoyable places for us and how it is eco-friendly, how it is also design for wild life out there.
Sustainability is when we use something and it never run outs. For example, wood, we could use wood and once we use them, it turns into something and then it keeps going on. And it will grow more of it so it makes it sustainable.
Cat Tien is saving endangered wild animals like moon bears and they are trying to keep the bears from being extinct. There are only a few moon bears left in the world and some countries doesn’t even have them and Viet Nam has moon bears and if Viet Nam don’t save them, the moon bears could really become extinct. And also they’re saving the gibbons and pygmy loris.