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Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2018. 8:28 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Zoo, collaborating with the State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland, facilitated a dynamic teacher’s workshop held from July 30 to August 3.

The workshop was endorsed by the Ministry of Education.

Eight Belizean teachers joined with 10 teachers from SUNY Cortland and experienced Belize in a unique way.

The focus of the week-long workshop was the Central Belize Corridor (CBC).

The symbol for the workshop was the jaguar.

Camera traps have photographed jaguars in the CBC, and of course, the teachers met jaguars at the Belize Zoo.

Other activities included a presentation from the Forest Department’s Wildlife Manager, Shanelly Carillo on jaguar and human conflicts.

The teachers participated in cave tubing which underscored their understanding about the important role the CBC plays in tourism.

Teachers also went on a field trip to Runaway Creek Nature Reserve which showed that this part of the Central Belize corridor was vital habitat for monkeys, tapirs and jaguars.

The cultural value of the Runaway Creek Nature Reserve included a visit to a cave.

Teachers also met ‘Rose the Croc’. Rose is nearly six years old.

“Rose” is an ideal ambassador for all crocs in Belize.

The nearly six-foot crocodile allows close up encounters and much is learned about the important role these top predators play in our Belize environment.

The zoo always emphasizes that feeding crocs in the wild is a bad practice and ultimately leads to problematic situations.

The teachers then collaborated in creating lesson plans based on all their learning and experiences.

These lesson plans are to be further developed and refined so they can be applied in appropriate classrooms both in Belize and the USA.

Education Director, Jamal Andrewin led the week-long workshop which was based at the Tropical Education Center in the middle of the CBC.

The teachers lauded amazing effort by the Belize Zoo and SUNY to bring together dynamic educators for incredible sharing of culture and professional knowledge.

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