Operation Wildlife

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Students examine exotic "biofacts" and learn about animal preservation and conservation.

Operation Wildlife is an educational program that travels to the Neighbor Islands and rural Oahu schools to teach 4th graders about animal preservation and endangerment. (Hawaii has more endangered species than any other state.) The Chapter has collected over 100 exotic biofacts (tiger skin, elephant tooth, and much more) for students to touch, feel, and examine. Members travel to Maui, Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Molokai, carrying suitcases filled with these biofacts and power point video equipment. They present a memorable endangered species program for students, of which many have never been to a zoo.

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This traveling program enhances the 4th grade Endangered Species science curriculum at schools on all major Hawaiian Islands. Students handle a fantastic array of animal skins, skulls, furs and feathers. They gain understanding for the need to care for and conserve natural resources.

The Chapter provides pre-visit educational materials and absorbs the costs of members' airline flights, auto rental, and hotel stays while they are off-island.

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Members volunteer as docents at the Honolulu Zoo and talk annually with over 10,000 zoo visitors.

 
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