Activities

Conservation

  • On-site patrols for the protection of the endangered West Indian Manatee in partnership with the Wildlife Section, Forestry Division and the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Monitoring of the manatee population and the habitat conditions and support to national and international students for the conduct of research
  • Preparation of the National Recovery Plan for the West Indian Manatee under contract from the UNEP Caribbean Environment Programme
  • Clean-up of nesting sites for marine turtles, mainly through removal of debris on beach
  • Patrols for the protection of nesting leatherback turtles and other marine turtles, their eggs and hatchlings,  at Manzanilla Beach and ongoing monitoring of the population in partnership with the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (ZSTT) and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
  • Promoting appropriate turtle-watching do’s and don’ts by turtle viewers through dissemination of educational materials
    Click here to view our Turtle Watching Guideline (pdf)
  • Continuation of the re-introduction programme for Blue and Gold Macaws into Nariva Swamp and ongoing monitoring exercises with the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (ZSTT) and the Forestry Division

Education and Training Workshops 

  • Manatee Conservation and Research Training Workshop which was held in conjunction with the San Juan Rotary Club and Wildlife Section, Forestry Division
  • Marne Turtle Conservation with BpTT and Wildlife Section, Forestry Division
  • Wildfire Control and Prevention – United States Forest Service and Ducks Unlimited, Tennessee
  • Partnering with the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (ZSTT) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in the promoting conservation education of the nesting leatherback turtle at Manzanilla
  • Non- Invasive cetacean research, monitoring and outreach activities in collaboration with the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (ZSTT) sponsored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Public Awareness

  • Documentary on “The Last Sanctuary”
  • Feature articles in the print media on  a range of environmental topics
  • TV Appearances by various members on topical issues to promote conservation
  • Community programmes and outreach to schools
  • Preparation and dissemination of educational and publicity materials
  • Participation in World Wetlands Day activities convened by the national Ramsar Management Authority
  • Dissemination of the guidelines for the viewing of nesting leatherback turtles
  • Distribution of copy books with information on manatees to primary schools students

Memoranda of Understanding (MOU)

  • Signing of the MOU by the Trust with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago for the conservation of marine mammals and marine turtles
  • Signing of MOU with the Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative and the Trust for implementing activities to meet common goals of conservation of migratory species and their habitats
  • Signing of a MOU between the Trust and the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (ZSTT) for the establishment of quarantine facilities on an isolated island owned by the Trust and to work in collaboration for conservation, education and preservation of our local wildlife species

Emergency Response

  • Rescue of beached Pilot Whales at Manzanilla – Twenty-six (26) pilot whales beached themselves on the Manzanilla Beach on 13th October 1999.  Fourteen were successfully returned to the sea whilst twelve died.
  • Rehabilitation of illegally displaced manatee – a baby manatee was illegally taken from the mangrove near the Mitan River by an individual who had intentions of selling it to the Zoo.  Zoo and MCT officials were dispatched to investigate and found the calf swimming around in a shallow ravine behind a house in Las Lomas.  The animal was rescued and rehabilitated back into its natural environment at the Nariva Swamp. (September 2000)
  • Rendering assistance to stranded Pilot Whales at Caroni Swamp (May 2001)
  • Rendering assistance to stranded bottlenose dolphin at Manzanilla (July 2005)
  • The rescue and return of disoriented nesting leatherback turtles to the sea (June 2009)
  • Ad hoc responses to wildlife reports across the country for rescue, rehabilitation or release

Infrastructural Development

  • Construction of Manatee Research Station for use by researchers and protection personnel
  • Construction of boardwalks at Big Pond area (principal water body for the manatee)
  • Design and construction of viewing platform at Big Pond to facilitate monitoring exercises
  • Establishment and maintenance of the Trust Headquarters at Manzanilla with basic structure to host workshops and informal consultations
  • Information Booth for the dissemination of the guidelines for the viewing of the nesting leatherback turtles
 

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