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Conservation icon Sharon Matola honored posthumously for contributions to tourism

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2022. 9:38 am CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has honored the late Sharon Matola, the visionary who founded the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center (BZTEC), with a posthumous award for her contributions to Belize.

The BTB paid homage to Matola at the annual National Tourism Awards Gala, held on Saturday, October 22 in Belize City.

“We honor her legacy, achievements, and contributions to tourism and conservation in Belize,” the BTB said.

Jamal Andrewin-Bohn, Conservation Program Manager at BZTEC received the award on her behalf.

Matola died on March 21, 2021, while at St. Luke’s Hospital in Belmopan. She was 66 years old.

To honor her legacy of conservation, in June, Prime Minister John Briceño commemorated over 2,600 acres of land at the Belize Zoo as the Sharon Matola Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

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