A group of 26 American high school students from the Richmond Burton High School in Richmond, Illinois visited the Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter last week as part of a research trip focusing on marine conservation.
Accompanied by their Marine Biology instructor Ryan Carlson, the group spent their week in the Cayman Islands studying coral reef conservation. The majority of their time on island was spent scuba diving and looking at the health of the different types of reefs surrounding Grand Cayman.
On Wednesday, June 19 the group visited the Cayman Turtle Centre to learn how this unique facility is helping with turtle conservation while also functioning as the Cayman Islands’ most visited land-based tourist attraction.
While at the Cayman Turtle Centre, the group was given a presentation by Geddes Hislop, the Cayman Turtle Centre’s Curator of Terrestrial Exhibits & Education Programmes, which outlined the structure of the organisation, as well as its research and conservation mandate. After the presentation, they toured the park and interacted with the turtles and other animals resident on site.
The Cayman Turtle Centre regularly hosts groups of visiting students from high schools and colleges throughout the United States.