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Second crocodile, enviro fair for Hope Zoo

Published:Sunday | June 5, 2016 | 6:43 PM
The Urban Development Corporation's (UDC) crocodile mascot, Busta interacts with a Gleaner vendor while sensitising members of the public about the environment and the American crocodile along Waterloo Road in St Andrew recently.

Animal lovers and conservationists of all ages will converge on the grounds of Hope Zoo, St Andrew on July 2 for the staging of the My Croc Adventure Enviro and Conservation Fair.

The event, which is now being staged for the second time, is the brainchild of the Jamaica Crocodile Working Group (JCWG).

The JWCG is an amalgamation of government agencies, non-governmental organisations, international partners and academic institutions, all involved in the conservation of the American Crocodile on the island.

Chief organiser of the event and environmental coordinator at the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Danae Vaccianna, says the event is aimed at educating the public about the threats to the American Crocodile and the role of the public in protecting this endangered species.

“The last crocodile survey conducted revealed that there are less than 1,000 crocodiles on the island. The main threats to the animal are caused by man and include habitat encroachment and poaching,” Vaccianna highlighted.

She added that one of the main vehicles for ensuring behaviour change is through public education. To this end not only will the event be used to sensitise attendees but proceeds from the event will be funnelled into an island-wide public education programme.

Vaccianna is therefore imploring all Jamaicans to support the event.