Since 2010, CERS has been collaborating with the Yung Yau College of Hong Kong in the making of animation films. Student groups, usually five students to a group and generally from Form 3 to 5, would join CERS at our various project sites during their summer vacations. Through immersing themselves with the local community and interaction with the CERS team, the students would select a theme of their choice, usually related to a CERS conservation project, to create a unique animation film.

This series of films, eight in total as of 2014, have won dozens of international awards. They succeeded in providing a new way of bringing the CERS message to a wider public. These films have also become a hallmark of conservation efforts and inspiration for other young people.

Yung Yau College is a high school in the New Territories at the very edge of Hong Kong on its border with mainland China. It is adjacent to Hong Kong Wetland Park by a bay looking across to Shenzhen in China. Since 2009, Mr Billy Yung, a CERS Director and son of the founder of Yung Yau College, Yung Yau, began supporting the school with hardware and funding to create an animation lab. Led by a very dedicated teacher, Mr Owen Sir, the students soon turned out short animation films with themes that are simple and touching, winning some early awards and encouragement from the media.

At the urging of Mr Yung, CERS soon began collaborating with the school regularly, by inviting ten students at a time to visit our many project sites in Yunnan and Hainan. The results were both surprising and rewarding as the films continued to bring in coveted awards from international competitions, often bagging First and Grand Prizes among far more senior university competitors. Soon, two-dimensional films became three-dimensional, and the students’ skills and techniques improved greatly in execution of storylines and animation as they put together the films from beginning to end.

In 2014, one group of students even joined CERS in the field in Myanmar, observing the beginnings of a new project on the endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins. Today, the CERS/Yung Yau animation films have become the only film series of its kind; a tradition of the students that is handed down from one year to the next. These students and their efforts have become the pride of both CERS and Yung Yau College.