Learning about Manatees in the Colombian Amazon
Fourth grade primary school children in the San Francisco community on the Colombian Amazon proudly show their diplomas from the Natutama Foundation. Natutama's educators visit local schools in the area to teach youngsters about the region's endangered species such as manatees, sloths and pink dolphins. There is an animal diploma for each year of the five grades of primary school. The children learn about the animal concerned and the aquatic ecosystem and Natutama's educators emphasise local stories and culture as well as the protection of the water world. By involving local communities and especially the children in their important research and conservation work, the Natutama team aims to help protect the very precious and threatened environment of the Amazon and show how local communities can survive alongside the rare flora and fauna of this unique area.