Drawing of Sharon Matola playing her guitar to an audience of animals, she passed away last Sunday, what a wonderful and unique woman
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The Belize Zoo & Tropical Education Center. The Belize Zoo is settled upon 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 125 animals all native to Belize. Zoo SceneThe zoo keeps animals which were either orphaned, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as gifts from other zoological institutions. The Belize Zoo believes that by bringing the people of Belize closer to the animals which are their natural heritage, they will feel proud of these special resources, and want to protect them for future generations.
Drawing of Sharon Matola playing her guitar to an audience of animals, she passed away last Sunday, what a wonderful and unique woman

Eden Estephan: I absolutely admired how she used music in education - she didnít make it complicated, just got her message across. I gave this drawing to her for her last birthday. I am glad she got to enjoy it. Itís poignant now that she has passed. - feeling emotional...

Mary Gonzalez:

The loss of Sharon Matola is profound.

My memories of anything Zoo related are tied to her name.

I remember my first class trip to the zoo, the excitement and energy around the place.

I had the exact same, if not more excitement, as an adult, returning time and again.

I was privileged to be gifted a behind the scenes tour with the superstar herself one birthday. Thank you so much Colette & Maya.

(That gift introduced me to the Fosters as well - so it was a monumental day.)

All I can say is that Ms. Matola's love and enthusiasm was palpable.

There are no appropriate words to express the loss as Ms. Sharon Matola transcends this earthly realm. Belize was gifted an unbelievable legacy via The Belize Zoo.

When we celebrate and honor our heroes and benefactors next, I fully intend to include her on my list of difference-makers for Belize.

We must celebrate her legacy, and in the immediate aftermath of her passing, if you can, please donate to her beloved The Belize Zoo in her honor, as they too have struggled during this pandemic.

For more information about Sharon, click here.

Instead of flowers, send a Donation to The Belize Zoo.

Drawing by Eden Estephan

Celebrating Sharon Matola: Wildlife Hero

A tribute to Sharon Matola: wildlife conservationist, and founder of The Belize Zoo & Tropical Education Center.

Producer: Carol Farneti-Foster
Editor: Daniel Velasquez

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