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Summer Reading Camp Meets Junior Buddy

Mrs. Rebecca Hernandez, a teacher based in Orange Walk, has a long history of performing educational magic for her students.  It is the type of magic which gives kids a positive boost and points them in a direction of long-term learning.  She has dedicated years to bringing the joy of reading into the lives of many young Belizeans in the North.


This year, the theme for summer reading camp was the book, The Story of Junior Buddy.  Thirty five children read the story, and became familiar with this special Ambassador Jaguar.   They did not stop there!  Finding out that there also was a “Junior Buddy” song, the entire reading camp learned the song, word for word.  What next?

When Belize Zoo officials learned about this special reading camp, all based upon the wonderful Junior Buddy, this creative summer reading camp was invited to the Zoo for a special day of Jaguar Adventures.

They showed everyone their singing talents, for a start.  Gathering at the front with Zoo Director Sharon, they shared the Junior Buddy song, accompanied by guitar, with quite a few admiring listeners.  But the “audience” they desired most, was Junior Buddy himself.  Could they possibly sing the song to this fun-loving jaguar?   No problem!!  But before this serenade, another jaguar surprise came the way to the reading campers.

All made their way over meet “Chiqui”, who is now a year old!  “Chiqui”  has come to enjoy  meeting people.  And seeing her up close is a  “take your breathe away” event.

After a fun look at “Carlos “ the puma, everyone headed to Junior Buddy’s exhibit and he happily pranced atop his “chill out log”, giving all of the young admirers a very exciting look at his fine jaguar profile.

To top of the fun day, all of the children, and their accompanying teachers, received a new Belize Zoo book....THIS CROC ROCKS, the enchanting story of American Crocodile, Rose.  A fun and memorable day for all at The Best Little Zoo in the World!

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