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World Wetlands Day 2011 at the Emperor Valley Zoo

The Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago Inc. once again celebrated World Wetlands Day at the Emperor Valley Zoo. This year visitors had an opportunity to view a real life educational wetland exhibit!

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This exhibit encompassed different types of wetland flora and fauna such as mangrove trees, water lilies, capybaras, macaws, ducks, crabs and a tapir. Visitors also interacted with a variety of Petting Zoo wetland animals including snakes, a blue and gold macaw and common galaps.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated annually on February 2. It marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar. This convention is called the ‘Ramsar Convention on Wetlands’. This year is the 40th anniversary of the adoption of this convention.

The World Wetlands Day exhibit at Emperor Valley Zoo took place on February 2 to 6 in an effort to raise public awareness about the importance, conservation and wise use of wetlands in Trinidad and Tobago.