La Senda Verde Academy was born from the initiative to find a way to reduce wildlife trafficking through education, due to the situation of a never-stopping influx of animals to the refuge. Though other means of reducing and stopping wildlife crime should be supported, we believe that changing the way we relate to animals and the environment is crucial to lowering the demand for wildlife pets.
In this fashion La Senda Verde Academy has reached out to schools and universities across Bolivia to invite them to visit the premises as part of a complete educational program where kids, teens, young adults and teachers alike learn about the negative effects of wildlife trafficking by seeing their victims first hand, all whilst taking part in other activities that support local conservation; getting their hands dirty with work and volunteering for a cause.
Last week the San Ignacio School of La Paz visited with 122 kids and teens in total. They where shown a video about our rescued Andean bear Ajayu, and got their hands in the dirt planting flowers to support local bees. These were amongst the many activities they did during their visit with the guidance of our outstanding educational manuals, that are handed out to teachers and students.
La Senda Verde would like to thank dearly the kids, their parents, the teachers and school staff for the initiative, and for the monthly donation they give us to support the maintenance of the animals at the refuge.
Take a look at the tour and the activities the kids did in the following photo slideshow, a complete photo tour! The spider monkey Maruca accompanied the group everywhere they went!