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A window into the world of Melako, Kenya

11 June 2014

Students from RMIT University’s Diploma of Visual Merchandising have worked with us to help promote our international conservation partnership with Melako Community Conservancy in Northern Kenya, in a creative visual display at RMIT’s City campus.

The window displays at the base of Building 94 on Cardigan Street in Carlton feature two programs as part of the Zoo’s partnership with Melako; Beads for Wildlife and Kicking Goals for Wildlife, both aimed at fighting the extinction of threatened species such as Grevy’s Zebra and Beisa Oryx.

The windows were unveiled on the eve of the beginning of the FIFA Soccer World Cup, coinciding with the launch of Kicking Goals for Wildlife in the Melako community. While some of the world’s best soccer players are coming together in Brazil, the warrior men of Melako will also be taking to the dusty dried up river beds and learning how to play soccer to help better connect with local species and prevent them from threatening local wildlife.

Beads for Wildlife has been established since 2009 and provides an alternative livelihood for local women hand making beaded jewellery and accessories which are sold in zoo stores.

RMIT’s talented visual merchandisers were able to capture both these programs as well as a sense of the local community – their culture, traditions and even some of the hardships they face every day.  

The students have spent the entire semester meeting with Zoos Victoria staff, planning, scheduling, sourcing, producing and installing the main front window and side internal window displays at Building 94 to create a true masterpiece.

Ache Oleng RMIT students! (Rendille for thank you)