In conjunction with the observation of Earth Hour event today at 8.30pm, Sunway Lost World of Tambun launched the world’s first man-made marmoset island built using waste materials, as a commitment to sustainable development growth.
Earth Hour is a global movement to show support for Planet Earth against climate change that was organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), with its first lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007, on the last Saturday of March.
Sunway Lost World of Tambun’s ingenious marmoset island, in collaboration with Sunway Youth for Sustainable Development, was created using 100% waste materials such as polystyrene and plastic.
Said the theme park’s general manager, Nurul Nuzairi Mohd. Azahari, “It is our pleasure to be involved in Earth Hour and to align our practices with the vision and mission of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). As a responsible corporate citizen, it is our duty to educate people on the importance of reducing waste on this planet. Earth Hour creates a platform for the awareness on ways to protect our living space.”
Sunway Lost World of Tambun’s Marmoset Island is the result of three months of experiment and construction by a team of eight people at a cost of RM90000, following the collection of wastes weighing more than 5,000 kilogrammes. One of its unique features is that it’s floating on wetland with 20 feet of mud. Measuring a size of 80 sq. metres and still surrounded by natural wetland vegetation, the island is now the habitat for four female black-eared marmosets, one of the world’s smallest monkey species native to South American rainforest.
The theme park is home to 110 different species of animals, including marmosets. Well known for its successful raccoon and deer breeding programmes, it is on the lookout for suitable male raccoons to be introduced to the island. Currently, other zoos and animal parks in Malaysia that also accommodate marmosets include Taiping Zoo, Melaka Zoo and Zoo Negara.
Event: Launch of First Man-made Marmoset Island In The World Made by Waste Materials
Venue: Sunway Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh
Date: 30th March, 2019
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