I attended Garbie Walkie’s monthly clean up effort, this time at the picturesque Hope Botanical Gardens before visiting Hope Zoo. After collecting gloves, tongs, and a safety vest, we all split up into groups to focus on 3 sections: the Chinese garden, the wild garden, and general garden. As a part of the Chinese garden crew, most of the trash collected was found just outside of the entrance (a pleasant surprise). Walking along the path, a lot of time was spent admiring the Asian-inspired architecture within the space while searching for any bit of garbage.

After about an hour & a half, everyone regrouped to drop off their trash bags, with plastic bottles separated from all other types of rubbish. Despite a generous number of trash cans and recycling bins throughout the gardens, over 15 garbage bags were used.

It’s such a shame that our beautiful surroundings are constantly plagued with litter due to the laziness and dirty habits of people; each person has a responsibility to help keep the environment clean. Nuh dutty up Jamaica!

Littering promotes:


• Flooding by clogging drains

• Emission of greenhouse gases thus contributing to global warming

• Pest population increase which heightens spreading of diseases

• Robbing the beauty of the environment

(to name a FEW)



How to Get A Discount at Hope Zoo

Hope Zoo traded our trash for treasure, providing a special of 50% off for the group to see the animals. This special was going on for months through their ZooCycle programme, which is temporarily halted. At the time of this visit, the programme wasn’t available to the public, but is expected to restart this June according to the Hope Zoo staff. When it resumes, you and your family/friends can enter the zoo for a discounted price by donating at least 10 bottles (for a child under age 12) and 20 bottles for adults and young adults. Help the environment and be rewarded with a day at the zoo? Sounds like a win-win to me.

With multiple gazebos within the zoo and snack shops, it looked like a nice place to have a day outing. Through a guided tour of maybe 2 hours, I saw a greater variety of creatures there than what I remember from childhood days. The knowledgeable tour guide provided backgrounds for the animals, and was clearly familiar with the personality of each as she tried different techniques to try make them more interactive. There were multiple bird species, my favourite being the “adopted Jamaican” blue & gold macaw and the dancing scarlet macaws.

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The Experience

As you walked, you could look up at the trees to see some parrots flying about freely, who apparently escaped their cages during a storm and still stuck around; the zoo has suspended structures within the venue to feed them. Besides the parrots, the capuchin and spider monkeys as well as the ring-tailed coatimundi were among the most interactive; the big cats (lions and bobcats) were all lying around as cats tend to do. There were also zebras, ostriches, and crocodiles, just to name a few!

Though renovated, a number of spots were still recognizable; I was taken back to the childhood days of birthday parties and friendly outings at the zoo as I walked through the establishment. Thank you Hope Zoo and Garbie Walkie, I really appreciated the nostalgia.

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