Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Lynn, our Zoo Educator, is heading to Brazil with support from the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund. 

This weekend, I’m heading to Brazil, where I’ll spend two weeks visiting one of the world’s most successful species restoration projects! 

After researching potential South American conservation projects for months, I was invited to visit the Golden Lion Tamarin Association (or Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Wellington Zoo is in the process of securing Golden Lion Tamarins as part of its animal collection, with the tiny flaming orange monkeys due to arrive at the Zoo in early 2013.

I’m really fascinated by primate social behaviour, and it will be awesome to observe these monkeys (along with a range of other species such as the endangered Maned Three-Toed Sloth and the Woolly Spider Monkey) in their natural environment.  Brazil’s coastal Atlantic Forest has one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet and it is also one of the most threatened.

The most valuable aspect of my two week visit will be working with the Association’s Environmental Educators. I’ll be able to learn all about their community engagement and environmental education initiatives, and help out with the development of educational materials in English. I can’t wait!

On my return to Wellington Zoo, I’m looking forward to sharing my experience and all the things I learn with Zoo people, visitors, and the community.  We’ll be able to look at the possibility of implementing strategies the Association use to advocate for positive community action and behavioural change with regard to conservation, a key objective for Wellington Zoo.

Lynn is keeping us up to date with her adventures - check out her other blogs below: