turtle-in-carries-hand-guyana-smallPhoenix Zoo educators Liesl Pimentel and Carrie Flood are traveling in Guyana, South America, as part of a Zoo Staff Conservation Grant project they designed late last year. They are working in collaboration with a previous external Zoo Conservation Grant recipient, Matt Hallett. Matt and his team in Guyana are working on jaguar population studies, freshwater turtle conservation and environmental education efforts.

Liesl and Carrie are serving as field assistants as needed and are gathering photos, videos and related materials that they will bring back to Phoenix so they can share their stories with Zoo staff, volunteers and our education program participants. The resources they bring back will be used in Zoo education programs including Wild Science, Distance Learning, School Programs and more. They will also develop a lesson based on their experiences that teachers can access on the Zoo’s website.

Phoenix Zoo staff in the forest of Guyana

Liesl Pimentel hiking through the forests of Guyana (left). Carrie Flood assists with a camera trap (right).

We are so pleased to be able to support Liesl and Carrie’s professional development through our grant program and to share their enthusiasm and expertise with the team in Guyana, as well as our social media friends. We’ll be posting snapshots and brief stories from their adventures while they are away and will update our followers on their project once they return to the Zoo. Please enjoy traveling with them!

Zoo Staff Conservation Grants are partly underwritten by The Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Foundation. The Zoo is grateful to the Foundation for their generous support for our work here in Phoenix and beyond.

Liesl and Carrie join children from a wildlife club in a native turtle release project.

Liesl and Carrie join children from a wildlife club participating in a native turtle release project.

Sunset in Guyana

Sunset in Guyana