The DuMond Conservancy hosted a festival on Saturday, February 4, 2012 to celebrate the Amazon.This youth led event included Amazonian inspired food and beverages for guests. Participants were also entertained by exhilarating performances by students of TERRA Environmental Research Institute, a Colombian music group and Brazilian samba dancers.
Today rainforests of the Amazon and the wildlife they support are under serious threat. In an effort to educate the public about such occurrences and the consequences associated with them, conservationist Dr. Angela Maldonado of Entropika in Colombia delivered the keynote address.
The crowd was also graced by National Geographic explorer Dr. Mireya Mayor who reminisced on her first expedition to study monkeys in the Amazon.
Scientific displays included podcasts by students at TERRA and dramatic photographs of Amazonian biodiversity and fruit, while other family activities included satellite making and face painting.
The Amazonian Festival for 2012 was a great success and was made possible with support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, State Farm and the Batchelor Foundation.
The DuMond Conservancy looks forward to seeing you next year!