Indianapolis Zoo educators Sonya Schlabka and Stephanie Mizen are currently leading a group of students, including six Zoo Teens, on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the fascinating Central American country of Belize. Enormously diverse in its georgraphy, plant and animal life, Belize is the perfect place for young people to encounter wild places and wildlife that's truly wild! From the world's second longest barrier reef to mangrove swamps to dense forests, Belize provides habitat for creatures of all shapes, sizes, and even colors. The country also has a complex and interesting history that the students are also learning about (a group of them are visiting Mayan ruins in the photo). You can follow their adventures as the students report on their daily adventures into the wild at:
The Zoo also has another connection with Belize. Sharon Matola, director and founder of the Belize Zoo, was one of the nominees for the 2012 Indianapolis Prize. Most recently, Matola was awarded the Meritorious Service Award by the Belize government for her work over the years on behalf of education and the preservation of the nation’s wildlife.