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Filton students head to Borneo
Animal Management students from Filton College
Students at Filton College will take part in the trip of a lifetime in Borneo

Animal management students from Filton College are taking a trip of a lifetime in May 2009 as part of their course.

Students will learn jungle survival techniques in the tropical rainforests of Borneo, where they will observe the wildlife in their natural habitats.

They will also assess the impact industrial development has on the natural environment.

The tropical Southeast Asian island is famous for its wildlife, jungles, and national parks.

Apart from the magnificent orang-utans, Borneo is also home to other endangered species such as the Sumatran rhino, clouded leopard, Borneo elephant, proboscis monkey, sun bear and the gibbon.

Georgina Grubb who is currently in the second year of a BTEC National Diploma in animal care is excited about the trip: "I have had a passion for animals since I was tiny," she said.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity...
Kimberley Goodfield

"I can't wait to experience the animals in their natural habitat and to see how wild animals that are injured are rehabilitated back to the wild. This truly is my dream come true."

Kimberley Goodfield, who is also studying at Filton, said: "I am really looking forward to visiting the orang-utans.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that on my own I would be scared to take but with the support of the college and my friends, that is no longer a worry."

Head of faculty at Filton College, Alan Brockbank, said: "I have taught ecology, wildlife rehabilitation and animal behaviour for many years but it was not until I visited Borneo with students that I realised that so much can be taught out there.

Orang-utan in the rainforest of Borneo
It is predicted that orang-utans will be extinct in the wild by 2020
"The study tour will further develop the students' interest in the natural environment, local cultures and help them develop their own initiative."

The second year students are planning fund-raising activities to pay for their trip.

Filton College hope the expedition will be educationally and socially stimulating and will become an integral part of the animal management course.

For further information, contact Alan Brockbank, head of faculty on 0117 9092338 or by e-mail at alan.brockbank@filton.ac.uk



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