[crb_slide image=”https://legacy.rainforesttrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Sugar-glider.jpg” image_align=”left” credits=”Photo by Wild Over Wildlife” title=”Wild Wildlife” text=”A variety of rainforest wildlife were on display, including a sugar glider.”]
[crb_slide image=”https://legacy.rainforesttrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Art-Auction.jpg” image_align=”right” credits=”Photo by Wild Over Wildlife” title=”Artwork Auction” text=”Senior member Molly Phillips painted a forest elephant to be auctioned off in a raffle.”]
[crb_slide image=”https://legacy.rainforesttrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/parrot-slider.jpg” image_align=”left” credits=”Photo by Wild Over Wildlife” title=”Critter Costumes” text=”Students displayed their wild colors by dressing up as animals.”]
Inspired by a recent trip to an elephant sanctuary in Florida, Fort Lauderdale’s youth club Wild Over Wildlife (WOW) recently held a “Trunk or Treat” Halloween party to raise awareness and protection for Liberia’s forest elephants. With only 3% of West Africa’s forests protected, Rainforest Trust’s efforts to create the new Gola Forest National Park in Liberia is a crucial step in protecting elephants, chimpanzees, and a variety of rare primates that call West Africa’s vanishing rainforests home.
Through the club, students are able to learn about wildlife in their native Florida and around the world through visits to the zoo, field trips and outreach events. In the past, WOW has helped conservation efforts by creating calendars featuring young nature photographers. They have also held an annual “Howl-O-Ween” ball, benefitting Rainforest Trust projects in need of support.
This year’s Trunk or Treat celebration featured a variety of animals for club members to interact with including parrots, sugar gliders and skinks. The event raised $250 to protect 750 acres of rainforest habitat for Gola’s forest elephants. The inspiring efforts of youth groups like Wild Over Wildlife showcase what Rainforest Ambassadors can do when they are passionate about saving wildlife.