Posted: Sunday, June 4, 2023. 3:59 pm CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: On Saturday, the Belize Zoo and Tropical Research Center celebrated the second annual Sharon Matola Day with the opening of a brand-new animal enclosure for Neo the river otter.
Celso Poot, Director of the Belize Zoo explained that when Neo came to the Belize Zoo, she was an orphan. After being nursed back to health, she could no longer survive in the wild, so the zoo set up a new enclosure for her, which was unveiled on Saturday by world-renowned biologist and television producer Jeff Corwin.
This year’s Sharon Matola Day also marks the 40th anniversary of the Belize Zoo. As a part of the celebration, the zoo hosted a special event yesterday evening, called the Wild Tales dinner, where conservationists shared stories about experiences in Belize’s rain forests.
The Belize Zoo was founded in 1983 as a means of providing shelter for a number of animals who were being used for a documentary and were no longer of use to the film crew.
Matola dedicated her life to conservation and the animals at the Belize Zoo right up until her passing in March 2021.
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