A group of students from Mexico visited the World Owl Trust at Muncaster on Tuesday 18th July and came face to face with some native South American owls for the first time.
Among the 60 different owls that can be seen at Muncaster are a number of species from Mexico, including the Spectacled Owl, the Striped Owl, the Great Horned Owl and the Burrowing Owl. It was the first opportunity that most of the children had had to see these elusive birds.
The eleven students and five teachers from the Secundaria Tecnica 44 School in Mexico City were shown around the World Owl Centre by the Trust’s President Tony Warburton. The group are visiting Cumbria as guests of Ulverston Victoria High School.
Tony Warburton said: “It was a real pleasure to take the pupils and their teachers around the World Owl Centre. We’re now hoping that there may be opportunities to work with the school and their friends in Ulverston on conservation projects in the Mexican rainforests.”
The Mexican children and the teachers also had the opportunity to look around the Castle and gardens at Muncaster.
Tere Moreno, a Teacher from Secundaria Tecnica 44 School said: “This was a great opportunity for our students! The World Owl Centre made us so welcome. It is important for all our linking students to find out about ecological issues such as acid rain and conservation of endangered species. We have seen 6 species of Mexican Owls here! Through philosophical enquiry and shared learning we hope to promote understanding around the world with this visit.”
Ulverston High School and Secundaria Tecnica 44 have adopted two spectacled owls and given them names – Pancho and Ruskin.
The Trust is a leading player in a range of overseas projects and is also committed to education and spreading the conservation message.
|World Owl Trust
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The World Owl Trust is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA). The Trust relies on a dedicated membership, visitors, donations and legacies.