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Baby Caiman Visits QSI Belize

As we wrap up the 2020-2021 school year in the classroom, we are enjoying “cultural art” – learning about many different cultures through art projects. The children enjoyed learning about Ancient Egyptian art as we read Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile by Tomie dePaola.

They learned that Nile crocodiles live all over Africa and are named after one of their homes, the long Nile River that runs through Egypt. They also learned that the Nile crocodile can grow as long as 20 feet and weigh up to 1,655 pounds!

alligator artwork

After they completed their own Nile crocodile art project, they were delighted to meet “Swampy,” a baby caiman from the Sibun River in Belize.

baby caiman in water

A small distant cousin of the Nile crocodile, this little guy can eventually grow to a length of 4 to 8 feet and weigh 15 to 88 pounds. We enjoyed having him in the classroom for a day, but are happy to know he has been released to grow up in the wild!

student with alligator artwork
student with alligator artwork
student with alligator artwork

 

student with alligator artwork
student with alligator artwork