This week, Julie Scardina journeys to Zimbabwe to see how the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund is helping to teach local children about their surrounding environment and how to conserve it.
Julie visits an environmental educational bush camp operated by Painted Dog Conservation. Here, more than 700 6th graders learn about the African savannah through a series of experiential activities. The children see up-close the plight of painted dogs at the organization's rehabilitation facility and visit Hwange National Park during a game drive, observing the role each species plays in its natural community.
Support from the Fund helps Painted Dog run the program free of charge, allowing the children to gain an emotional attachment and desire to care for the beauty and complexity of their local natural environment.