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Conservation Camp #20!


Kids from Belize City, Hopkins, Dangriga, Cayo, and San Pedro  came together recently at the zoo and participated in the Zoo’s 20th Conservation Camp.  Besides forming new friendships, the kids shared cool events daily.  Led by Jamal Andrewin-Bohn, himself a former Conservation Camp participant from years ago, Celeshia Guy and Celso Poot, this dynamic camp team saw that each day was filled with new experiences and fun.

Of course, the Zoo played a significant role in camp activities.  Close up meetings with tapirs, toucans and Lucky Boy, the black jaguar, created an arena of learning excitement.  Touring the Zoo at night was memorable for all, and learning bird-watching techniques was a “must do” on the camper’s agenda.

Campers were lucky to have visits from Roni Marinez, who helps protect the remaining scarlet macaws in Belize, and Jamal Galvez, very much an expert on our manatee populations.   Dr. Betsy Mallory, a moving force behind the rejuvenation of our Savanna Trails, which gently wind throughout the area of the Tropical Education Center, introduced the magical savanna landscape to the campers.  Role playing about humane treatment of animals was a huge hit with all of the campers, thanks to  Colette Kase of Be Kind Belize, who journeyed from San Pedro to direct an afternoon of fun-filled learning.

A session entitled “Meet and Greet the Misunderstood” brought Rose the American Crocodile up close and personal to all, and this was followed by one-on-one meetings with famous “Happy” the Barn Owl. 
Becoming familiar with the Belize Zoo “Problem Jaguar Rehabilitation Program” was highlighted by a meeting with Problem Jaguar, “Field Master”.  All got to give this big and beautiful jaguar a friendly high five.

More adventure was in store for all… the campers travelled to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, and spent the day exploring, hiking and swimming. Lots of fun, lots of learning, and good memories to last a lifetime.   Congratulations, Belize Zoo education team, for providing such a terrific PAWS UP 20th Conservation Camp.


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