Animal Speak by Mahidol
Every year, Mahidol University has heavily invested in seeking knowledge from our faculty members and researchers who are expertises in the field related to wildlifes andcompanion animals. The knowledge is then transformed into interesting and easy-to-understand contents, suitable for children and youth, and can be accessed "free of charge". With an aim to promote a positive attitude towards animals and educate children and youth regarding animal behaviours and their natural habitats, the university has established 'Animals Speak [by Mahidol] aired on the Mahidol Kids, which has over 700,000 subscribers and is part of the Mahidol Channel on Youtube. Some of the contents has been translated into English through 'Animals Speak [by Mahidol] English Versions', publicised on Mahidol World channel. Currently, the channel has over 200 episodes, which have significantly contributed to an incerased understanding and awareness of the public about animal care and conservation.
Some of the popular episodes are as follows.
- Touring of a cocrodile sanctuary (aired on 15 June 2014), attracted more than 7.8 million views
The episode presents the romatic aspect of this ferocious-looking animals. How can we differentiate the saltwater crocodiles from freshwater crocodiles? Do you know that, in nature, only 10% of crocodile eggs will successfully hatch and survive! Can glass and plastic bottles, as well as other rubbish items, thrown into a crocodile pool cause them death?
- Thai Elephant on Reserve (aired on 4 May 2014), attracted more than 4.8 million views
The episode explores the elephants, a long-known symbolic animal of Thailand. How much we know about our elephants? How to tell whether an elephant a young or an old one? Are the number of nails on their front and back feet equal? What can elephant dung tell us? What signals are used in mahout-elephant communication? Stay tune for the husbandry of this symbolic animal of the country.
- Are miniature pigs and miniature cows real? (aired on 7 February 2015), with over 4.1 million views.
Dr. Chowaphan Yinharnmingmongkol (Lecturer at the Department of Clinical Science and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Mahidol University) and Kon Dee will introduce you to 'miniature animals'. Miniature animals are the result of genetic modification with the goal of bringing those animals as pets by incorporating Mendel's genetic selection laws. The episode has included a clear and easy-to-understand information about animal breeding and genetics in order to promote an audiences' understanding in this area and also to raise awareness on why it is essential to provide a proper care for animals.
- Intelligent Dolphins (aired on 11 May 2015) with over 2.4 million views
The story of dolphins, the cute, cheerful and intelligent animal with amazing abilities. Dr. Aoi and Kon Dee will show you how many types of dolphins we have in Thailand. Why are dolphins not classified as fish? How do dolphins vocalise? How to train the dolphins? Also, learn more about dolphin hunting for food in some countries. This time, Dr Aoi and Nong Khondee had a chance to swim with the dolphins, but the problem was that Kon Dee was scared to do the swimming! How can dolphins help him overcome the fear?
- Kon Dee and the Tigers (aired on May 25, 2015) with over 2.1 million views
After making merit, giving alms to monks, and paying homage to the monks for auspiciousness, Kon Dee and Dr Aoi, a veterinarian from Mahidol University, listened to Dharma together with the tiger! Raising tigers in the way of monks has made the tigers here less ferocious. Thus, Kon Dee and Dr Aoi can get close to them. Walked the tigers, fed the cubs and did the vaccination and microshipping.