Educating Andy - Update

For those of you who are regular followers of the Appeal’s work, you will remember reading in our last newsletter about Malaysian Research Assistant Andy Martin, who went from trekking through the Bornean Rainforest tracking and monitoring Sepilok’s Orang-utans, to jetting over to the UK to further his education. He was working on the Appeal’s ground breaking Post Monitoring Release project when his potential was spotted by Sue Sheward, the Appeal’s Founder. After seeing his passion for the Orang-utans Sue nominated him to the Appeal to receive sponsorship for his UK education, hoping that he could then become Sabah’s first Malaysian Primotologist!

Andy was attending an Endangered Species course at Jersey Zoo and was working towards improving his level of English in order to be accepted in to Oxford Brookes University to study a Masters in Primate Conservation when our last newsletter was published. We are DELIGHTED to announce that through his fantastic enthusiasm and hard work, Andy passed his English exam and was accepted as a student at Oxford Brookes! As part of his course so far, Andy has had the opportunity to visit a Zoo in Holland, in order to learn about how they manage their Orang-utans. But the course isn’t all play; there is lots of research and reading of scientific papers to be tackled, as well as writing reports of his own.

We will have more details of his progress in our next newsletter, so stay tuned!