The Open School of Tropical Animal
Science and Production
12/6/2023 1:13:49 PM
WILDLIFE AND THE CARIBBEAN
Table 2 is an incomplete table. This is deliberately done to demonstrate to this noble audience how incomplete an overview we have about our own business on wildlife and wildlife education. I would be most appreciative if you could give me feedback so that I could complete the picture and circulate it back to you all. I have included an Appendix on the listing of Zoos of the Caribbean for your perusal.
Table 2: Caribbean Wildlife, Zoos and Wildlife Education
Table #2 also indicates that there is great variability with respect to the presence of wildlife on the Caribbean islands. This table also indicates that of the 29 locations identified within the Caribbean, Zoo and Wildlife Education activities are highly variable and limited. In addition we have an incomplete knowledge on what is happening on the ground. The report of Cross (2001) suggested that a lot has to be done towards a National Biodiversity Action Plan for Trinidad and Tobago. Common issues outlined were as follows:
The National Biodiversity Action Plan for Trinidad and Tobago identified priority strategies which were wide ranging and comprehensive. The elements contained therein were as follows:
Education and awareness
Legislation and Enforcement
Information and Research
Policy and Government
In the above listing the elements under
Education and Awareness, and Information and Research were elaborated upon
as they are of direct relevance to this paper. I shall go on to show that
the key proposals being suggested in this paper are in agreement with Cross
(2001). And what I would attempt to do is to put some focus for immediate
action for Education and Awareness, and for Information and Research.
Dr. Gary W. Garcia, Ph.D.,
Department of Food Production, Faculty of Science and Agriculture,
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.