Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2022. 2:55 pm CST.
Photo Credit: Belize Zoo & Tropical Education Center
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center recently held it 27th Conservation Camp for 19 Belizean youths.
“After a 3-year hiatus due to the pandemic, we were so thrilled to be able to host our Conservation Camp last week,” said the Belize Zoo & Tropical Education Center in a social media post.
“In its 27th year, ‘Zoo Camp’ was once again able to bring together Belizean youths from all over the country for a week of immersion in the natural world, with a program designed to foster conservation-minded attitudes in the next generation of stewards of Belize’s natural heritage.”
According to the Belize Zoo, the 19 campers ages 12-17 spent 5 days and 4 nights at the Tropical Education Center.
During that time, they immersed themselves in what the Belize Zoo & Tropical Education Center is and does. Let’s just say they learnt many-a-thing.
They went on interactive day and night tours of the Belize Zoo & Tropical Education Center, did a crash course on field research methods and camera trapping, birding, and bird banding. They also learnt about creative arts and recycling, had presentations on protected areas management, and experienced hands-on learning in botany.
Apart from all of that, they also participated in “ice breakers, friendly competitions, scavenger hunts, talent shows, a movie night, and general bonding among teen peers added positive social elements to the conservation concepts and activities throughout Camp,” said the Belize Zoo.
What made it a more real-to-life zoo camp is that during the time they were there, they also experienced severe weather which affected several planned outdoor activities, but according to the Belize Zoo, they “remained engaged and enthusiastic”.
The Belize Zoo thanked its sponsors and supporters, particularly Inspire EdVentures, The Added Touch, Bill Wilson, and Clara Lee Arnold. They also thanked their collaborators, such as: Foundation for Wildlife Conservation, Raquel-ART, and Caves Branch Botanical Garden.
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