Teachers in 15 schools across the Wood Buffalo region will get some help from six special guests over the next two weeks to educate students about the importance of biodiversity.
Animal ambassadors Hugo (a descented stripe skunk), Hook (a Red-tailed Hawk), Maverick (an American Kestrel) and Diego (a black and white tegu) will visit classrooms with their human trainers Chris Gill and Mike Veltri starting September 17. They are part of Earth Rangers, the kids’ conservation organization dedicated to educating children and their families about biodiversity, inspiring them to adopt sustainable behaviors and empowering them to become directly involved in protecting animals and their habitats.
“We are excited for our first visit to Wood Buffalo since 2013,” says Peter Kendall, Executive Director of Earth Rangers. “Our partnership with Syncrude will allow us to not only reconnect with the more than 200 families currently engaged with our Membership Program, but will also ensure that number grows as we reach more schools and students in the area than ever before.”
In addition to the school presentation, students can visit EarthRangers.com, register to become an Earth Ranger and start their own Bring Back the Wild campaign.
Syncrude operates the Syncrude Project, a Joint Venture undertaking among Canadian Oil Sands Limited, Imperial Oil Resources, Mocal Energy Limited, Murphy Oil Company Ltd., Nexen Oil Sands Partnership, Sinopec Oil Sands Partnership and Suncor Energy Ventures Partnership.