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Celebrating Amerindian Heritage in Arima

The Emperor Valley Zoo participated in the Amerindian Heritage Week 2010, an annual event of The Amerindian Project Committee of the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Carib Community.

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The Zoo’s participation featured a wildlife exhibition incorporating a petting zoo and an educational display which ran from 11th to 13th October at the Carib Community Centre and on the 14th October at the Santa Rosa Park, Arima.

This event was geared toward students at the primary and junior secondary level as well as members of the public to educate them about the Amerindian culture and people. The exhibition showcased animals which were hunted and reared by the Amerindians historically such as the agouti and ocelot. The other animals were also a major attraction at the petting zoo especially our albino burmese python, “Mustard”, the royal python, “Bernadine”.

Zoological Officer, Sharleen Khan together with Zookeepers, Walter Bonyun, Faustin Ramkaransingh and Delbert Charleau were delighted to share information about the animals and their natural behavior and conservation methods with the visitors. Students were thrilled at the opportunity to interact and learn amazing facts about these animals!