Malone University ZOOM Club working to protect wildlife
December 13, 2013 | Release # 6799
College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences.
Malone University zoo and wildlife biology majors can approach the end of the semester feeling good about their accomplishments outside the classroom as well.
The 40-member strong student organization ZOOM (Zoological Organization of Malone) Club conducted a fundraiser where they raised and donated $205 for The Cancer Research Centre in Munster, Ind., and another $50 to adopt a Sumatran Rhino named Andatu.
The name means "Gift from God."
"And he truly is," says ZOOM Club president, Douglas Bowers, a senior sport management major from Parma, "He is the first Sumatran Rhino born in Asia captivity in 124 years. But he also has an Ohio tie, as his dad, Andalas, was born in the Cincinnati Zoo. He was the first Sumatran Rhino born in captivity in 112 years. So we are really working hard to connect our world to others."
Bowers continues, "But I think our proudest moment this semester was when we donated 1.2 days' pay for five Rhino Protection Units in Sumatra. Several days after our donation, those units caught two groups of poachers who were illegally hunting large deer called Sambar. It's nice to know that a small group of students could help make a difference half way around the world."
The organization will not rest on their laurels. Next semester, they have planned an overnight stay at Cincinnati Zoo, where they will learn about the zoo's one-of-a-kind master's program and sleep in the Manatee habitat building. There are also plans to visit several area wildlife centers, including a wolf rescue, where they hope to incorporate students as volunteers. Bowers concluded, "It's about building relationships between our students and the animal community. Giving our students the experiences and networking they need to be successful in whatever area they chose is our goal as ZOOM officers."
To learn more about the Zoo and Wildlife Biology program at Malone University, please click here.
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