According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, the visit is the first step in a planned long–term technical cooperation between the two countries.
The expert is the Deputy Director of the Mexico City Chapultepec Zoo, the largest Zoo in Mexico. During his visit, Dr. Mendoza will provide advice and training in the areas of animal nutrition, health and treatment regimes, education and awareness, enclosure design and cage enhancement.
Through this partnership, it is expected that the Zoo’s personnel will be equipped with new skills and techniques to better manage the facility and care for its animals.
The Ministry noted, “By strengthening local capacity, this technical support will bolster the recently developed Zoo Master Plan, which for the first time outlines a long-term vision for the modernization of the Guyana Zoo.”
The Ministry and PAC are continuously working with corporate and private sponsors to support the overhaul of a number of enclosures.
The effort to improve the Zoo is part of the larger Three Parks Initiative launched by Minister Robert Persaud, which also aims to rehabilitate the National Park and Botanical Gardens.