These surveys were conducted in the Singapore Zoo, which mainly targeted local Singaporeans and Asians, who frequently visit the Singapore Zoo. For a more global perspectve, please refer to the online survey, which can be accessed by everyone. This was publicized by our friend in Canada, Chi Chen. The survey results, analysis and implications are below:
- What is your gender?
Although the majority surveyed were male, this is unlikely to affect the accuracy of our findings.
- Of what age group do you belong to?
The majority we interviewed range from ages 10-20, most of whom are teenagers. This was a deliberate attempt on our part, so as to help us significantly to correctly gauge the knowledge teenagers have on amphibians.
- What is your education level? (Optional)
This question tells us the education level of the people we surveyed, for us to compare this with the information provided by them in the survey. We can then find out the level of awareness on people with different education levels, and how to better target our programmes to schools.
- What is your nationality?
It is certainly heart-warming for us to see that almost half the number of people interviewed are non-Singaporeans. This enables us to bring this project one step higher to the global level whereby we can get the opinions from people from different countries and continents.
- What is an amphibian?
The result of this question tells us how many people know what exactly an amphibian is. 68% of the people we surveyed knew that an amphibian was none of the above choices; however, 25% thought that an amphibian is a mammal, which is an incorrect answer.
This means that the general public is not sufficiently informed with regard to amphibian education. It is shown in this question that more teenagers gave correct answers than adults, showing the need to educate adults even more! Therefore, even though they are not young anymore, more activities should continue to be organized to keep adults aware of the situation and have a basic knowledge of amphibians.
- Are you aware about the endangerment of amphibians?
This question shows us that 67% of the public are indeed aware about the endangerment of amphibians, which is a good sign. However, there is still a significant 33% of the general public out there who has not received the message, or may generally experience apathy about the situation.
This only means that more effort should be put in to inform people of the situation. Environmental awareness programming in schools might be one way to reach out to the target audience of students. This can be done through assembly programmes and school lectures. With the advancement of technology, spreading the conservation message through online media will be even more effective as it will appeal to the young.
- What have you done on your part in saving the amphibians?
Although it is shown that most people are aware of the situation amphibians are in now, this question very shockingly and starkly reveals that 50% of people have not done anything to save amphibians! This would mean a need for more activities to be organized and more publicity for people to help and be a part of saving the amphibians.
These results are very shocking as it goes to show how insignificant this situation is in the eyes of the public. Or, they could be just ignorant. Zoos around the world should inspire the youth and adults to take part in more activities by constantly emphasizing the seriousness of the situation. More opportunities for volunteering and fund-raising can also be set up to urge the public to get involved in spreading the conservation message.
- Are you concerned about the endangerment of amphibians?
Although question 7 showed us that most people had not done anything to save amphibians, this question tells us that a large number of people are still concerned and do care about the current situation. This is a good sign; therefore, more activities should be organized for these concerned people to do their part.
The results show that a large majority of the general public is still concerned about the situation although 22% are not concerned at all. Although it may just be an insignificant minority, it is still worth worrying about, as at the end of the day, what we aim to achieve is the spread the conservation message and touch people’s hearts to do something for the amphibians.
- Do you believe that amphibians should be allowed to go extinct?
It is good to see and know that people are aware that amphibians do benefit us and humans will be affected without the existence of amphibians. Besides one person that we interviewed, everyone else feels that amphibians should not be allowed to go extinct.
This means that people do appreciate and understand the value in amphibians. They do understand how amphibians can help and benefit us humans and are irreplaceable creatures in the ecosystem. From the results, it is also evident that most people are aware of the disastrous results that the extinction of an amphibian species can cause. This area is not much of a need for concern. However, it is quite disconcerting to note that 1% of the respondents comprising university graduates.
- What do you think is the main cause of the endangerment of amphibians?
Most of the people we surveyed answered “All of the Above”, showing that people do at least have the basic knowledge of how amphibians are endangered. This also shows that the public knows that humans are part of the reason why amphibians are being endangered. A minority of 11% stated that they do not have a clue about amphibian endangerment, increasing the pressing need to spread the message even further.