Last month, a group of six teenagers from the Roger Williams Park Zoo Roots & Shoots group in Rhode Island organized a carnival for coral reef conservation. Titled The C.O.R.A.L (Conservation of Reefs and Aquatic Life) Carnival, the event was a family friendly affair with 12 different games themed to the cause and designed to raise awareness of the problems facing coral reefs. The carnival also included a raffle in which tickets were won at the games and traded in to win gift baskets donated by local businesses. A total of $608 was raised and donated to Reef Check!
Sincere thanks to Aidan, Kyra, Rebecca, Sophia, Georgia and Gideon for their inspiring efforts! Roots & Shoots is an organization started by Dr. Jane Goodall and is devoted to helping the environment, community and animals. The group was able to present their C.O.R.A.L Carnival project to Dr. Goodall in person at a Green Fair held in Massachusetts in April <see photo at left>.