Temporary Biologist, Reisha Boodram, shows "Bernadine the Ball Python" to onlookers.
For World Environment Day (WED) which is globally recognized on June 05th every year, the Zoological Society of Trinidad & Tobago Inc. (ZSTT) hosted a 5-day exhibition to promote awareness of its significance.
Joining the Society in marking this event were representatives from the Environment Unit of the Ministry of Planning, Housing & Development. This exhibition took place from Wednesday 2nd to Sunday 6th June at the Emperor Valley Zoo (EVZ).
Janyne (center), from the Ministry of Housing, Planning and the Environment shows visitors how to play the Snakes & Ladders game...with an environmental twist.
The global theme was “Many Species, One Planet, One Future” with biodiversity as the main thrust. The ZSTT took the opportunity to change public opinions about some of the more uncharismatic species by showcasing their ecological worth. Thus, the main feature was a live bat display where 4 of our local species could be observed. These included examples of insect-eating and fruit-eating bats. Also on display was a termite colony together with information on ants, frogs and cockroaches. Over 4,000 visitors from several schools and the general public benefited from this educational exhibition. To enhance their experience, the visitors were also treated to live interactions with the petting zoo animals and provided with guided tours to the bat exhibits.