Hilary Hughes spent two months as part of the sister-zoo partnership program with Port Moresby Nature Park.
“I’ve been with the team for the past two months – observing lesson delivery and monitoring the consistency, helping to improve programs and develop more activities for the kids. I was truly blown away by the enthusiasm and interest amongst children who have come to the Nature Park through the schools excursion program,” Hughes said.
Port Moresby Nature Park’s Life Sciences Manager, Ishimu Bebe, who oversees both the wildlife and education departments, said: “The sister-zoo partnership has been a significant part of our achievements and has even received international awards and recognition for its valuable benefits of staff exchanges and sharing of information, development of ideas and improved delivery mechanisms for the education programs.”
The Nature Park receives over 24,000 students every year on selected themes like Wild for Wildlife, Environment and Me, Culture Connects along with school grade programs focused on supporting enhancing classroom lessons.
Bebe said: “The Nature Park is always changing, always evolving and always ready to learn in order to deliver the best possible outcomes to the next generation of young Papua New Guineans.
“I am grateful for Hilary Hughes and Zoos Victoria for enabling helpful insights and feedback on how best we can deliver our educational programs.”
(Education officer Hillary Hughes having a laugh with students from Kaugere Primary School)