September 14, 2015
Virtual Hangout, Madagascar to New York
- as seen by -Alison Clausen @WCS_Madahttp://madagascar.wcs.org
For the first time, we have a a digital exchange program between youths in Maroantsetra, Madagascar and their peers at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo in New York.
Every Wednesday afternoon, a Malagasy youth conservation club (inset) and Bronx Zoo Discovery Guides participate in a virtual hangout session where they get to know each other, discuss environmental issues that affect their daily lives, join in environment-themed video and music projects, and inspire each other to become better conservationists.
The youths in Madagascar were thrilled to find out that there is an exhibit at the Bronx Zoo dedicated to Madagascar’s unique wildlife and were proud to share an online video petition showing how they stopped illegal fishing practices on the beaches around Antongil Bay, a seascape in the northeastern corner of Madagascar that is one of the most important breeding areas for humpback whales (above) in the Southern Hemisphere.