We are excited to be able to share the most recent Wildtracks Newsletter with you! This edition has a focus on the education and outreach activities that build awareness of the illegal wildlife trade, endangered primates and Antillean manatees both in schools across Belize and at national outreach events. It also provides updates on the rehabilitation monkeys and manatees in care at Wildtracks, the Yucatan black howler monkey releases, and the ongoing Wildtracks primate conservation project.
The first time I held Kamal was on January 28, 2016. He was a young spider monkey confiscated from the illegal pet trade, and estimated to be about eight months old, very similar in age to Cas, the other young spider monkey in the Primate Rehabilitation Centre at Wildtracks. During my first two and a half months at Wildtracks, before Kamal arrived, I was a part of the six-person Nurseryteam caring for Cas and the other nursery monkeys. Cas was thriving at Wildtracks, learning new life skills and gaining more confidence every day.
I am living proof that volunteering with conservation organizations like Wildtracks can help put you on the right track to achieving your dream job. For years, while I was studying and working in international development, I struggled to marry my passion for marine conservation and my work in natural disaster research.
Months ago, when I decided to explore the depths of my curiosity with wildlife conservation, I knew I needed to look into volunteer opportunities to get my feet wet. As a postgrad, all I could think about was throwing myself into experiences — immediately linking experience with travel.