Science In Jamaica
The aim of Animal Camp Jamaica is to help our campers develop a love for the jungles as well as the oceans. At Animal Camp Jamaica we explore, experience and learn, so that we will choose to conserve and properly care for the amazing land, animals and ecosystems left in our care, preserving them for years and generations to come.
“We conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand. And we understand only what we have been taught.” - Baba Dioum
Jamaica's Jungle Ecology
Jamaica is full of lush tropical rain forests, loads of water falls and a huge variety of flora and fauna, some found nowhere else on earth, but in Jamaica. It’s hard to image the harm of cutting down a 100 year old banyon tree. So we visit such a tree, and climb into its branches and begin to understand that you can’t simply plant another tree to replace this one, if this one is cut down. There are things that are irreplaceable. Until we have a chance to get up close and personal with the plants and animals of this earth, it is hard to imagine what it would be like if they just weren’t here anymore.
Marine Biology In Jamaica
Marine Biology is the study of organisms in the ocean. At Animal Camp Jamaica we believe that when the oceans are healthy, the whole world will benefit. To have healthy oceans, we must learn to take care of them. We give teenagers a hands on experience of understanding the ocean by taking them directly into it, teaching them to recognize its inhabitants and sharing with them our appreciation and amazement of the diversity of life in the ocean. Weather permitting; we spend every morning in the ocean, snorkeling, kayaking, wave jumping and learning to identify the marine plants and animals that live within the shallow Caribbean reefs near shore. By the end of each 13-day session, our campers feel at home swimming among coral reefs with the sea turtles, octopi, and fish.
Ocean diversity & ecosystem
Our oceans are home to the greatest diversity of plants, animals, and microbial organisms on Earth. Covering 72 percent of the Earth’s surface, the ocean represents our planet’s largest habitat with the tallest mountains in the world and the deepest valleys. It contains 99 percent of the living space on the planet. This vast area supports the life of nearly 50 percent of all species on earth and provides nearly 50 percent of the earth’s oxygen. Coral reefs cover less than two percent of the ocean floor, yet they support an estimated 25 percent of all marine life, with more than 4,000 species of fish alone. A coral reef sometimes referred to as the “rainforest of the sea”, is without question one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. It is among some of these amazing shallow water coral reefs that teenagers will have the opportunity to learn about marine biology and conservation through hands-on, feet-wet, experiential educational.
Botany abundance in Jamaica
Konoko falls and park boasts an amazing botanical garden, that is the perfect opportunity to expose campers to the various flora of the island. Quite frankly, botany is unavoidable on this island! Monstera, Hibiscus, and Bougainvillea are around every corner. We encourage campers to learn about the the different palms, fruits and new types of vegetables the they will see and taste while in Jamaica, including over fifteen different kinds of fruit that grow right in our own backyard of the villa!