Arembepe, BA

Below are a few photos of Tamar’s environmental education center (adjacent to their research facilities) in Arembepe, BA.  Tamar’s outreach program in this community are oriented towards kids that have been deemed to be at “high social risk” due to the prevalence of drugs and domestic violence in their community.  The team of teachers at Tamar’s education center is made up of visiting biological research interns and a couple guys from the local community who started working Tamar when they were young.

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Environment Day

Images from an “Environment Day” celebration held in the main Plaza of Praia do Forte (Brazilian equivalent of our Earth Day).  A giant whale from the Humpback Whale Institute made from plastic bottles dominates the scene at the plaza, while a group of local kids organized into a samba band play and sing songs to honor whales, turtles, and the environment.  Kids learn to make a variety of toys and dolls out of recyclable materials in the town square.  In Tamar’s visitor’s center, Tamar’s band, Casco Cabeça, plays a song about turtles while a throng of kids sings along.  At sunset, a rehabilitated green turtle is released back into the wild while almost 100 people, locals and tourists alike, look on in anticipation.

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