World-renowned wildlife campaigner on quest to protect orangutans from extinction

13/04/2023. By Carmelle Wilkinson.

Curtin Bachelor of Applied Science graduate and Founder of The Orangutan Project Leif Cocks.

Every Australia Day, the rumble of light aircraft and the explosion of fireworks above her home in South Perth, would strike fear in the heart of Mawas.

Bombed by the Japanese during World War II, she remained shaken by the terrifying ordeal years later.

Thankfully, her friend and Curtin Bachelor of Applied Science graduate Leif Cocks was there to comfort Mawas and hold her hand through the terrifying ordeal.

I should probably mention Mawas is an orangutan.

Following graduation, Leif landed the job of a lifetime at Perth Zoo, where he had the opportunity to get up close and personal with these noble and majestic animals.

Leif’s close bond with orangutans led him to establish The Orangutan Project in 1998.

Over his 15 years at the zoo, first as senior zookeeper and then Supervisor of Primates, and finally as Curator of Exotics, Leif formed a special friendship with many of Perth’s resident orangutans.

A bond so strong it inspired him to establish The Orangutan Project in 1998.

For the past 30 years the organisation has improved the welfare of orangutans in captivity, reintroduced them into the wild and protected the rainforests they call home.

“While zoos can do wonderful things, like offer top class medical care, some animals particularly large intelligent animals like elephants, orangutans and other great apes, don’t do too well in these environments,’’ he said.

“Working with orangutans who have been taken from zoos or confiscated by the government from the illegal pet trade, is much like working with a person in prison or a refugee camp.

“There’s psychological damage, trauma and stress from being in those conditions. And while we know they can live in these surrounds; they aren’t able to actually develop and flower into their true potential.”

An orangutan on-route to his new home in the wild.

The Orangutan Project helps to successfully relocate orangutans from these unnatural environments to the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra.

To date, Leif has helped support the rescue of over 200 orangutans.

His work also includes educating and empowering local Indigenous communities living around these forest ecosystems on sustainable living practices and protecting their local environment.

“Protecting and restoring all these elements is vital for community development and stability,’’ he said.

Sumatran ecosystem.

While Leif’s office for a large portion of the year is now a jungle, it’s a far cry from the high rise building he grew up in in Hong Kong.

“My Dad worked in advertising, so I lived there until we moved to Australia when I was 15,’’ he said.

“I always had an interest in animals, but living in a giant metropolis like Hong Kong, it wasn’t necessarily a place where you could connect with nature.

“The pets I had were my cats, and the tropical fish and terripins that I had in my bedroom.”

Nowadays, Leif has created a circle of trust with a number of orangutans, many of whom he’s befriended from birth.

“I’ve been present at a number of births, where the mother orangutan places her baby’s hand on mine and they tightly hold my finger,’’ he said.

“It’s pretty amazing. They are such self-aware persons, and we need to respect and treat them as so.

“Oh, and once you’re a friend, you’re always a friend.”

The Orangutan Project are a group of passionate staff, volunteers and partners working together to protect orangutans from extinction.

As well as these amazing connections, reintroducing an orangutan to their natural world is a great privilege that Leif admits doesn’t come without challenges.

“We had this one orangutan come to us from Singapore Zoo. He had been given soft drinks, which sadly contributed to him developing diabetes,’’ he said.

“To pass the time when he was ill and had to remain inside, we’d let him flick through women’s magazines like New Idea and to everyone’s amusement he would go through the pages and rip out all the pictures of Nicole Kidman.

“You see, back then she had the curly red hair.”

Leif said assisting an orangutan with reintroduction was a well measured and timely process.

Leif said protecting an orangutan’s home was crucial to their survival.

“We usually follow them for three years to make sure they have enough food finding skills and are able to fend for themselves in the wild before we leave them,’’ he said.

“One of the biggest problems faced when reintroducing orangutans to the wild that have spent considerable time in captivity is their inability to be able to recognise and find available food sources, especially during seasonal variations.”

Leif said another problem, and probably the biggest threat, is that 80% of orangutans are currently living in unprotected forests, placing them at greater risk of extinction.

A lone orangutan runs through the remains of his rainforest.

“Since their home is being converted to plantations, logging concessions, mining and other agriculture or destroyed from encroachment from immigrants, The Orangutan Project works closely with our partners and other organisations to protect their forest habitat,’’ he said.

Leif also acknowledged the impact climate change has had on these natural surroundings in the past few years – with a reduction in humidity, increasing temperatures and increased droughts and fires.

“It worries me that there are still people that don’t want to recognise the effects of climate change,’’ he said.

“It’s not enough to assume we will be fine. We need our rainforests, and we need our animals.

“People may look at me and think oh he’s just a radical greenie, what does he know? But I’m seeing firsthand the environmental changes caused by climate change and I’m genuinely concerned.”

Orangutans have placed Leif in their circle of trust.

Leif’s love, respect and compassion for orangutans continues to earn him global respect in the conservation field and praise as a passionate campaigner for orangutans.

His current work with partners in the lowlands surrounding Bukit Tigapuluh National Park in Sumatra is helping breathe life back into a region that saw orangutans become extinct in the 1830s.

“The end goal is to have enough genetic viability to establish a new population of orangutans,’’ he said,

“The project also explores community-driven initiatives to create sustainable economic enterprises including jungle-honey, vanilla and a local school, so that eventually, the project will be economically sustainable.”

An orangutan hanging out in Sumatra.

Leif said one of the most rewarding and wonderful things as humans is to give love, freedom and security to other living beings.

“It’s enriching to our own selves, much more than money, fame or power that people normally chase,” he said.

“These are dignified animals, and we owe it to them to live in dignity.”

For more information or to donate please visit The Orangutan Project.

Leif shares below what it’s like to get up close and personal with these noble creatures on one of his Eco Tours in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park in Sumatra here.

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On a mission to give back to the Curtin community and help shape the next generation of industry professionals, CaAtherine decided to get involved in Curtin’s Faculty of Business & Law Internship program.

Through the 12-week program, CaAtherine was able to impart her wealth of marketing and business knowledge to Curtin Marketing student Kyra Otega as part of the program.

Having just completed the program, CaAtherine and Kyra share their experiences. 💛

𝟏. 𝐂𝐚𝐀𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞, 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦?
As a proud Curtin Alumni, being a mentor allows me to share my experiences, insights, and knowledge with the next generation of business leaders, and I am excited to support and guide them on their journey!
 
𝟐. 𝐊𝐲𝐫𝐚, 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞?
Working with CaAtherine and the Real Healthy HQ has taught me a lot about the practical side of marketing. Learning these lessons has built my confidence greatly, before beginning my internship it was hard to see myself as a professional Marketer rather than a Marketing student.
 
𝟑. 𝐂𝐚𝐀𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞, 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐟𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐧𝐢 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲?
I encourage fellow alumni to get involved, as their contribution as a mentor could be exactly what a mentee needs to elevate their abilities and become work-ready. Your guidance and experience can make a lasting difference in their journey.

Contact Curtin FBL Student Experience Coordinator Yen Hieu at fblengagement@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 🧑‍💻

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Curtin graduate and Founder & Owner of The Real Healthy HQ CaAtherine Meredith is passionate about supporting the next generation of Curtin business leaders. 📚💡

On a mission to give back to the Curtin community and help shape the next generation of industry professionals, CaAtherine decided to get involved in Curtin’s Faculty of Business & Law Internship program.

Through the 12-week program, CaAtherine was able to impart her wealth of marketing and business knowledge to Curtin Marketing student Kyra Otega as part of the program.

Having just completed the program, CaAtherine and Kyra share their experiences. 💛

𝟏. 𝐂𝐚𝐀𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞, 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦?
As a proud Curtin Alumni, being a mentor allows me to share my experiences, insights, and knowledge with the next generation of business leaders, and I am excited to support and guide them on their journey!
 
𝟐. 𝐊𝐲𝐫𝐚, 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞?
Working with CaAtherine and the Real Healthy HQ has taught me a lot about the practical side of marketing. Learning these lessons has built my confidence greatly, before beginning my internship it was hard to see myself as a professional Marketer rather than a Marketing student.
 
𝟑. 𝐂𝐚𝐀𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞, 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐟𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐧𝐢 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲?
I encourage fellow alumni to get involved, as their contribution as a mentor could be exactly what a mentee needs to elevate their abilities and become work-ready. Your guidance and experience can make a lasting difference in their journey.

Contact Curtin FBL Student Experience Coordinator Yen Hieu at fblengagement@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 🧑‍💻

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However, after noticing a rapid decline of canopy cover in his home country over the years, Dean had to take action.
 
After graduating from Curtin, the Accounting & Finance graduate founded Planters – a conservation program turned public company whose main goal is to preserve biodiversity through strategic reforestation.

Since 2008, Planters has been restoring and protecting hectares of forest throughout Malaysia, including the National Botanic Gardens Shah Alam.

Last month, the company revealed it’s exciting new cutting-edge digital technology representing a significant advancement towards safeguarding Malaysia’s invaluable forests and biodiversity.

Read more in #CurtinCommons via the link in bio. 👆

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Growing up in the tropical climate of Kuala Lumpur, Sadruddin (Dean) was fortunate to live within minutes of lush forest. 🌲🌱

However, after noticing a rapid decline of canopy cover in his home country over the years, Dean had to take action.

After graduating from Curtin, the Accounting & Finance graduate founded Planters – a conservation program turned public company whose main goal is to preserve biodiversity through strategic reforestation.

Since 2008, Planters has been restoring and protecting hectares of forest throughout Malaysia, including the National Botanic Gardens Shah Alam.

Last month, the company revealed it’s exciting new cutting-edge digital technology representing a significant advancement towards safeguarding Malaysia’s invaluable forests and biodiversity.

Read more in #CurtinCommons via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinMalaysia #Alumni #Anniversary #Malaysia #Sarawak #Miri #KualaLumpar #Biodiversity #Rainforest #Conservation #Environment #Sustainability #Technology #AI #Education
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Curtin Marketing Association President Sean Palm caught up with the Co-Founder and Executive Producer of the Perth International Cabaret Festival, Alison Welburn to gain some valuable insights on how to become a professional marketer.

Since graduating from Curtin, Alison has acquired more than 30 years’ experience working within the WA arts sector, and is the Founder and Owner of Limelight Consulting, a bespoke Arts PR and Marketing consultancy. 🎭

Alison shares her top tips on how to make it in the marketing industry. Watch the full interview via the link in bio. 🔗

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What does it take to become a successful marketer in today’s world? 💻🌏💡

Curtin Marketing Association President Sean Palm caught up with the Co-Founder and Executive Producer of the Perth International Cabaret Festival, Alison Welburn to gain some valuable insights on how to become a professional marketer.

Since graduating from Curtin, Alison has acquired more than 30 years’ experience working within the WA arts sector, and is the Founder and Owner of Limelight Consulting, a bespoke Arts PR and Marketing consultancy. 🎭

Alison shares her top tips on how to make it in the marketing industry. Watch the full interview via the link in bio. 🔗

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What a wonderful time celebrating Curtin University Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary last week! 🎊
 
Ahead of the celebrations over the weekend in Miri, our team caught up with some of our incredible alumni in Kuala Lumpur.
 
Hear their special message below. 👇
 
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What a wonderful time celebrating Curtin University Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary last week! 🎊
 
Ahead of the celebrations over the weekend in Miri, our team caught up with some of our incredible alumni in Kuala Lumpur.
 
Hear their special message below. 👇
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinMalaysia #Alumni #Anniversary #Malaysia #Sarawak #Miri #KualaLumpar #University #HigherEducation #Education #Graduates #Community #Friends #Memories #Graduations #Leaders
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Congratulations to all of our new Curtin Malaysia alumni who graduated today at the Curtin Malaysia Graduation Ceremony! 🎉✨🎓

Such a proud and momentous occasion, we can’t wait to see where your Curtin degree will take you. 

Welcome to our alumni family!! 👏🏽👏🏽💛💛

See your friends in the video? Tag them in the comments below. 👇🏽

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Congratulations to all of our new Curtin Malaysia alumni who graduated today at the Curtin Malaysia Graduation Ceremony! 🎉✨🎓

Such a proud and momentous occasion, we can’t wait to see where your Curtin degree will take you.

Welcome to our alumni family!! 👏🏽👏🏽💛💛

See your friends in the video? Tag them in the comments below. 👇🏽

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Curtin Finance & Marketing graduate Jane Teh is passionate about bringing people together to create amazing opportunities. 🤝🌏
 
As President of the Curtin Malaysia Alumni Chapter and a respected Corporate Trainer and Consultant, Jane is looking forward to celebrating Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary with our current and future graduates.
 
Thank you Jane for showing us around your home city of Kuala Lumpur, we had the best time eating and walking (13,000 steps) our way around the City.
 
We can’t wait to enjoy a Cham with you again soon! 💛
 
As we celebrate 25 years of our amazing Curtin Malaysia alumni community, Jane shares what she loves the most about being an alumna and career advice for aspiring graduates looking to excel in their careers. 🎉🎓
 
Read the full interview with Jane via the link in bio. 👆
 
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Curtin Finance & Marketing graduate Jane Teh is passionate about bringing people together to create amazing opportunities. 🤝🌏
 
As President of the Curtin Malaysia Alumni Chapter and a respected Corporate Trainer and Consultant, Jane is looking forward to celebrating Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary with our current and future graduates.
 
Thank you Jane for showing us around your home city of Kuala Lumpur, we had the best time eating and walking (13,000 steps) our way around the City.
 
We can’t wait to enjoy a Cham with you again soon! 💛
 
As we celebrate 25 years of our amazing Curtin Malaysia alumni community, Jane shares what she loves the most about being an alumna and career advice for aspiring graduates looking to excel in their careers. 🎉🎓
 
Read the full interview with Jane via the link in bio. 👆
 
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What a beautiful night celebrating Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary with our amazing alumni in Kuala Lumpur. Thank you to everyone who came, we loved seeing you!! ❤️❤️

Are you a Curtin alumni in Malaysia? Get involved in Curtin Malaysia’s Lost Alumni Project by updating your details via the link in bio. 👆

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What a beautiful night celebrating Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary with our amazing alumni in Kuala Lumpur. Thank you to everyone who came, we loved seeing you!! ❤️❤️

Are you a Curtin alumni in Malaysia? Get involved in Curtin Malaysia’s Lost Alumni Project by updating your details via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinMalaysia #Alumni #Anniversary #Malaysia #Sarawak #Community #International #Graduates #Global
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From YouTube star to creative director, Curtin graduate Jin Lim (also known as @jinnyboy) has come a long way from his content creating days. 🎬🎥
 
The former radio DJ is now founder of his own production house and social media agency – Aspect Ratio Studios. 🚀

It was so lovely catching up with Jin and hearing all about his exciting and impressive career journey.
 
“While I loved being a Youtuber for 10 years and building my channel, as I got older and started a family, I wanted to create something a bit more sustainable,’’ he said.
 
“Under our agency, aspiring creatives like writers and directors have a platform or playground to do whatever they like without guidelines.”

You have a special way of bringing stories to life Jin and we look forward to seeing what’s next for Aspect Ratio Studios. 🎓✨
 
As we mark Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary, Jin shares his fondest Curtin Malaysia memories with us below. 👇

Are you a Curtin alumni in Malaysia? Get involved in Curtin Malaysia’s Lost Alumni Project by updating your details here: https://shorturl.at/6Ne1n
 
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From YouTube star to creative director, Curtin graduate Jin Lim (also known as @jinnyboy) has come a long way from his content creating days. 🎬🎥
 
The former radio DJ is now founder of his own production house and social media agency – Aspect Ratio Studios. 🚀

It was so lovely catching up with Jin and hearing all about his exciting and impressive career journey.
 
“While I loved being a Youtuber for 10 years and building my channel, as I got older and started a family, I wanted to create something a bit more sustainable,’’ he said.
 
“Under our agency, aspiring creatives like writers and directors have a platform or playground to do whatever they like without guidelines.”

You have a special way of bringing stories to life Jin and we look forward to seeing what’s next for Aspect Ratio Studios. 🎓✨
 
As we mark Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary, Jin shares his fondest Curtin Malaysia memories with us below. 👇

Are you a Curtin alumni in Malaysia? Get involved in Curtin Malaysia’s Lost Alumni Project by updating your details here: https://shorturl.at/6Ne1n
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinMalaysia #Alumni #Anniversary #Malaysia #KualaLumpar #SocialMedia #ContentCreator #JinnyBoy #Influencer #BusinessLeader #Business #Global
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Curtin graduate Nikki Di Costa is passionate about making our communities happier and healthier through the power of yoga and education. 🧘📚 

Living out of home and studying to become a pharmacist at Curtin, Nikki discovered yoga for the first time through her housemate and the rest became history. 

In 2015, Nikki started instructing yoga in a small rural WA town of just 4000 people, nowadays she is @cityofbayswater’s resident yoga instructor and also teaches through her holistic health and wellness business, @corehealthshift. 

“I love instructing as I can give back to the community through running parents and bubs classes. Having three kids myself,  I know how hard it can be to make time for exercise. It feels so good to be able to give back to these parents that may be struggling. Knowing that you can make a difference to one person’s life, that’s amazing!” she said. 

Nikki isn’t just passionate about giving back through the power of yoga, she is also a dedicated educator here at Curtin, working as a Sessional Tutor in the School of Management and Marketing. 🍎📚

This year marks Nikki’s 30th anniversary of being at Curtin, from taking dreaded exams in Hollis Lecture Theatre (building 401), she’s now educating and empowering our next generation of changemakers. 💛 

“Curtin has given me the opportunity to be educated and now I’m able to return that gift and give back through educating and mentoring future generations. Continuous learning is something that has always been instilled in me,” she said. 

Discover more inspiring Curtin alumni stories in Curtin Commons via the link in bio. 👆 

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Anniversary #Pharmacy #Business #SmallBusiness #Yoga #Education #HigherEducation #Perth #Teacher #Leaders #Health #Wellness

Curtin graduate Nikki Di Costa is passionate about making our communities happier and healthier through the power of yoga and education. 🧘📚

Living out of home and studying to become a pharmacist at Curtin, Nikki discovered yoga for the first time through her housemate and the rest became history.

In 2015, Nikki started instructing yoga in a small rural WA town of just 4000 people, nowadays she is @cityofbayswater’s resident yoga instructor and also teaches through her holistic health and wellness business, @corehealthshift.

“I love instructing as I can give back to the community through running parents and bubs classes. Having three kids myself,  I know how hard it can be to make time for exercise. It feels so good to be able to give back to these parents that may be struggling. Knowing that you can make a difference to one person’s life, that’s amazing!” she said.

Nikki isn’t just passionate about giving back through the power of yoga, she is also a dedicated educator here at Curtin, working as a Sessional Tutor in the School of Management and Marketing. 🍎📚

This year marks Nikki’s 30th anniversary of being at Curtin, from taking dreaded exams in Hollis Lecture Theatre (building 401), she’s now educating and empowering our next generation of changemakers. 💛

“Curtin has given me the opportunity to be educated and now I’m able to return that gift and give back through educating and mentoring future generations. Continuous learning is something that has always been instilled in me,” she said.

Discover more inspiring Curtin alumni stories in Curtin Commons via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Anniversary #Pharmacy #Business #SmallBusiness #Yoga #Education #HigherEducation #Perth #Teacher #Leaders #Health #Wellness
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