“What Makes a Community?”
This was the big question asked recently by the Calgary French and International School’s grade three class at Chevron Open Minds Zoo School. While here, they investigated many parts of the zoo community, by observing our mixed-species flock of penguins, finding endangered animals in the Canadian Wilds, and learning about the zoo’s Swift Fox conservation work. But perhaps the most significant insight into what makes a community came from travelling to the Eburu Forest in Kenya with the help of some vivid storytelling by Andrea Beaty, Zoo School Coordinator, who recently returned from the area. The students learned about how the Calgary Zoo is helping to save the mountain bongo from extinction by working with the local community.