Education & Outreach
Education is a key part of successful conservation projects. By doing this, we are raising awareness of conservation issues, and encouraging people to care more about nature and the organisms around them.
In 2019, we established the "Laskar Kepompong" (Cocoon Club) in Gelonggong Village, where the Ciliwung Herpetarium is based. Every Thursday and Sunday, we have a session with a group of local children, where they are free to express themselves while learning about nature and building character. The philosophy behind this, is that we don't know what these kids will become when they grow up - just like we wouldn't know what kind of butterfly will come out of the cocoon (unless you're a butterfly expert, of course).
Snake Conflict Mitigation
To tackle snakebite and human-snake conflict, we try to mitigate this by conducting educational talks to local schools and villages, in order to increase respect and understanding of local people regarding the snakes living around them, and how to keep both snakes and people safe. This is usually done in West Java, however we have also presented a talk on Roti Island while conducting herpetological surveys with the Indonesian Manta Project. In 2019-2020, we were supported by Save the Snakes to conduct these educational programs, which included the creation of several educational resources.
The internet is an extremely useful tool to raise awareness and increase public knowledge about Indonesian herpetofauna and conservation issues. Over the past few years, our social media team has been actively posting educational material on Instagram to raise awareness and educate people all over Indonesia about amphibians and reptiles.