C-CAM building wildlife centre in Clarendon
CARIBBEAN Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM) on Wednesday, Earth Day, unveiled a multi million-dollar facility it is building in Salt River, Clarendon.
The facility, which is still under construction, is called a wetlands and wildlife interpretation centre and will be a study in ecotourism and wildlife conservation when it opens its doors in a few months.
It features a boardwalk through a cluster of red, black and white mangroves which lead to a bird observation hut, boat tours of the mangroves, a turtle pond, a conservation nursery, a dipping pond where children will be able to collect samples and observe them under microscopes.
The facility will be solar powered, use harvested rainwater and compost, and the sewage will be treated on site and used for irrigation in the nursery.
The ground floor of the three-storey main building will comprise a multi-purpose display area with exhibits about the plants and animals that live in the Portland Bight, a cafe and gift shop. The first floor will have a teaching area and a library, while the top floor will allow views above the canopy of the mangroves.