The DWA hosted the second CroctoberFest on October 26. In addition to the lectures, interactive activities, poster presentations and silent auction, we shared our Crocodilian Conservation message live on a local TV station and with two public schools, as reported in Bringing Conservation to the Classroom. The excitement created at one of the schools in Garland is described in Dr. Barr at International Leadership of Texas.
For the eighth consecutive year, the DWA has included fifty or more children that are the responsibility of Child Protective Service in their staff holiday festivities. An Event to Remember is one of our annual community functions that helps us stay focused and provides assistance to those less fortunate – a great way to end a year and begin a new one!
If you have not met UGO, our Spectacled owl ambassador that is frequently seen on the gloved arm of his keeper, be sure to look around for him on your next visit. Although common to most public/private aquariums, the Lionfish Return to the DWA gives a brief history of these fish at the DWA and the environmental problems created by invasive species.
On November 7th and 8th, we were visited by Ana Valerie Mandri Rohen, Executive Director of Foncet (Fondo de Conservación El Triunfo). Ana was here to share information with us about their new campaign. Please take time to read and look at the spectacular images of the El Triunfo Exhibit on loan to the DWA. Made up of 20 framed images by photographers Fulvio Eccardi, Carlos Frias and Luis Felipe Rivera, the display is located on the third level of Mundo Maya as you enter the facility. The El Triunfo Reserve has been a conservation project of the DWA for years. Their new ambitious, yet attainable, campaign is to raise three million dollars for their latest program known as 1,2,3, por MÍ. If you are interested in a tax-deductible contribution to a worth-while project, please consider this program.
Another conservation partner since 2003, is the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. Calendar of the Year replaces Book of the Month this quarter and tells you how to receive a free copy per membership on your next visit to the DWA.
Thanks for your continued support of the DWA; we look forward to 2015. Enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.