• Tricia Jones

Rumble in the Jungle - Week 2, Day 5 - June 28, 2019

Dear Families,

Thank you for sharing your children with us at summer camp! We could not have asked for a better group of children!

We’d also like to thank our director, Sandy Duncan, for her vision to make Greenwood Forest Children's Center such a magical place for teachers to work and for children to thrive.

  • Loura Sanabia’s countless talents, insights, one-on-one support and her enthusiasm made camp educational and ensured success for every child.

  • Morgan Cassell’s creativity and desire to make sure all participants felt safe and happy and loved made this year’s camp all the more special. (Plus she’s tall, will handle snakes, and has amazing face painting talents!)

  • We’d also like to thank our student leader, Avery, for her assistance above and beyond the call of duty. Like her mother Nicole, Avery arrived early, stayed afterwards, pitched in with every activity, and guided the children through their day with a gentleness and maturity far beyond her age.

  • Finally, we’d like to give a big shout out to "Dan the Animal Man" and Wild Animal Encounters whose animal ambassadors provided Friday's culminating event for both weeks of camp.

  • http://dantheanimalman.net/Home_Page.html

  • Thank you all!

  • We cannot end Summer Camp without giving a big GFCC THANK YOU to Cathy Turner for loving summer camp as she does and for wanting to give all of the children the best, creative, fun, adventurous, authentic experiences in the jungle as possible. (Tricia Jones)

  • Mrs. Sanabia, Mrs. Cassell, Mrs. Turner and Avery: Well Done!! (Tricia Jones)

Week 2’s Featured Ambassadors were Sly the Alligator, a 30-year-old alligator who was held in captivity in a 10-gallon fish tank for 15 years and was malnourished prior to being rescued. Did you know that a healthy alligator has 80 teeth: 40 on the top and 40 on the bottom that will regenerate? Alligators can live 60 years in the wild and 75 years or more in captivity. Sly’s skin is slightly cool and surprisingly smooth. Alligators do NOT make good pets.

Eugene the Eurasian Eagle Owl is an amazing nocturnal hunter because his wings are silent. Eagle Owls are the largest type of owl. The females are typically bigger than the males. Owls see well in both the day and night and can turn their heads 270 degrees because they cannot move their eyes around like people can. Eugene can make a delightful chortling sound. His wings are velvety soft. Owls do NOT make good pets.

Barb (last name Wire), the African crested porcupine, is able to defend herself from a variety of predators like hyenas, jackals, lions, and cheetahs by backing into them with her quills. The deep puncture wounds become infected in the wild and the attacker dies. Porcupines have several warning signals including flaring their crest and their quills, stomping, shaking their shoulders side to side which makes their long quills click together loudly, and shaking their tails to make a rattlesnake sound. Porcupines do not shoot their quills. Dan explained that the majority of their quills are not hollow but filled with a spongy styrofoam material like a pool noodle which helps porcupines to be buoyant. Barb loves raisins. Porcupines do NOT make good pets.

Lastly, we met Eaton, the albino Burmese python. Eaton is 12 feet long and weighs approximately 120 pounds. Because he doesn’t have melanin, Eaton cannot go outside in the sunlight. He would not survive in the wild. Burmese pythons do NOT make good pets either.

Thank you for Rumbling in the Jungle with us this week!

Enjoy the rest of your summer!