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Renowned biologist Jeff Corwin pays tribute to conservation icon Sharon Matola

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Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2021. 1:59 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Renowned biologist and conversationist Jeff Corwin, known for hosting shows such as the Disney Channel’s Going Wild with Jeff Corwin, and The Jeff Corwin Experience on Animal Planet, paid tribute today to Sharon Matola, founder of the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center.

In a post on his personal Facebook account, Corwin mourns Matola’s loss and noted that it was in Belize he’d developed his passion for the rainforest and started his career. He also stressed that Matola’s work in advancing conservation education impacted thousands of Belizean and international visitors.

“Sharon is an icon, a true pioneer regarding tropical habitat conservation and the protection of the wildlife of Belize,” Corwin said.

He also described Matola’s work to save jaguars and tapirs as “legendary,” and noted that he had worked with her recently for a feature on his show Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin.

“Sharon you are a trailblazer, and I will think about you every time I reflect on the wondrous natural world that you so valiantly fought to save,” he added.

Corwin adds to a growing number of people who have expressed their grief at Matola’s untimely passing on Sunday, March 21 at the age of 66.

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