About Eco Adventures

 
 

Hands-on Environmental Activities for Kids

 
Facility — About EcoAdventures in Millersville, MD
 

Our Facility

Our rainforest facility houses over 100 native and exotic animals on display and for animal interactions. Many of our animals are rescued. We proudly have USDA: Animal Welfare ACT class C:Exhibitor and DNR (Dept. of Natural resources) Endangered Species Permit, scientific collecting permits and captive reptile and amphibian permits.

Our Qualifications and Instructors

 
Our owners and instructors are qualified environmental educators, herpetologist, marine biologist, animal keepers/trainers, naturalists, anthropologist, veterinary science degrees, artists with many advanced degrees. The owners are members of Zoo and Aquarium Association: Crocodilian Advisory Group, and International Crocodile Specialist Group.
 
Aside from being associated with National Geographic, Dr. Barr is currently a member of the Endangered Species Coalition of the Council of State Governments and the International Crocodilian Specialist Group, Brady also serves as a scientific expert for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Our Mission

The mission of Eco Adventures is to offer hands-on learning experiences that provide educational and enriching ecological experiences to students of all ages. The purpose of these programs is to create positive, personal experiences for participants while inspiring them to make a difference in our planet.

Students will have the rare opportunity to encounter extraordinary animals, discover various native and international ecological habitats, explore our environment through various art forms, and learn about ecological, technical, and scientific research projects around the world.
 

Welcome

It is with extreme pride that we are going into our 3rd year of our facility Eco Adventures. Last year, we reached over 40,000 people in 2016 through our programs, appearances at festivals and special events! Our 3800 square foot facility, complete with a simulated rainforest and underwater discovery room, is conveniently located in Millersville, Maryland and lies neighboring the Severn Run Wildlife Area – 1700 acres of pristine wilderness ready to be explored by our young conservationists!

Each time you visit, you will probably notice something new! Whether is animals, new themed decorations, and exhibits, we're getting better every day! This allows us to have more variety of animals and programming…always something new and different!
 
Facility — About EcoAdventures in Millersville, MD
 
At Eco Adventures, we are committed to providing the finest in conservation education. We offer enriching hands-on learning experiences through weekly classes, after school programs, camps, field trips, outreach programs, scouting events, special programs and more – all led by top-notch scientists & educators. On top of our educational programs, our parties and corporate events are sure to be the talk of the town.
This year, get your family ready to travel with a chance to visit our rainforest reserve in Costa Rica! We are introducing new ecotravel! We are confident that there is nothing in this area as interactive, hands-on, and family-friendly as Eco Adventures… are you ready to Experience the Extraordinary?
See you later…alligator!

Mei Len Sanchez-Barr
Executive Director
 
 

Our Staff

 
Mei Len Sanchez-Barr — About EcoAdventures in Millersville, MD
 

Mei Len Sanchez-Barr

Executive Director
Marine Biologist
Mei Len's varied career is a testament to her lifelong passion for the conservation of the environment and its inhabitants. Her commitment to endangered and threatened species such as the Florida manatee, sea turtles, and alligators, has earned her accolades from the mayor of Miami, Florida.

She has over 20 years experience in Conservation Education at various institutions such as The National Aquarium in Baltimore, National Audubon Society, and Miami Seaquarium. As an advocate for young minority women in science, she was also featured in Baltimore Times highlighting her interesting career and achievements while celebrating women's history month March 2002. She was also chosen to appear in the Latina Magazine June issue 2006, as the featured inspirational Hispanic woman in marine biology careers.

Mei Len is currently the Aquarium and Zoo Association's (AZA) Crocodilian Advisory Group- Education Liaison and member of the Crocodilian Specialist Group. Mei Len is a graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Marine Science and had her graduate work at George Mason University in Conservation Education. She and her husband, Dr. Brady Barr, and 2 children live in Severna Park, MD.
 

 
Dr. Brady Barr is a reptile specialist and television personality. In over 15 years, he has traveled to more than 80 countries for National Geographic Television to host over 100 wildlife documentaries – more than anyone in National Geographic's history. In the process, he has worked with just about every animal imaginable – from crocodiles, alligators, and snakes to bears, sharks, lions, hippos, and more. Among his many notable achievements, Brady was the first person to ever capture and study all 23 species of crocodilians in the wild.

He's driven by a desire to get to know crocodiles and other species in their natural habitat so that we might best know how to save them in the wild (about one third of all crocodilians are endangered). The author of multiple children's books about reptiles, Brady is also the star of the educational XBOX game Dangerous Encounters, a collaboration with Microsoft. On the research front, Brady has participated in studies with leading scientists throughout the world including his ongoing research, supported by the National Geographic Society, into conservation of the American crocodile in Costa Rica, and his dietary study of alligators in the Florida Everglades.
 

Brady Barr, Ph.D.

Public Relations & Animal Expert
Brady Barr — About EcoAdventures in Millersville, MD
 
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Brady received a Bachelor of Science in science education from Indiana University in 1987 and launched his teaching career at North Central High School in Indianapolis, teaching subjects like zoology, biology, and earth and life sciences. With a highly interactive classroom style, Brady encouraged his students to touch, see, and feel the animals firsthand. He went on to receive a Master of Science (1994) and a Ph.D. (1997) in Biology from the University of Miami.
Among his many media appearances, Brady has appeared in the FOX Network Special Super Croc and logged multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah,The Today Show, The View, and CNN. He's a frequent contributor to National Geographic Kids Magazine, an ambassador for Nat Geo's Young Explorers Program in Asia, and an Educator/leader at the National Geographic Explorers Club for Kids. His recent speaking engagements include keynote speaker at the National Science Teachers Association, Annual Convention World Congress of Zoologists, Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, and numerous schools, zoos, aquariums, & museums and fundraising events across the country.

Brady is married to Mei Len Sanchez-Barr, a marine biologist and educator who runs Eco-educational programs for kids. They have two children.
Currently a member of the Endangered Species Coalition of the Council of State Governments and the International Crocodilian Specialist Group, Brady also serves as a scientific expert for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Bachelors of Science, Indiana University in 1987
Masters of Science (1994), University of Miami
Ph.D. (1997), University of Miami

 
Anne Province — About EcoAdventures in Millersville, MD
 

Anne Province

Program Assistant and Lead Instructor
Anne received her B.A. degree in Philosophy from Washington College (1989), and MEVL , Md. Teacher certification program -Md Teaching Certificate from Hoold College (1996). She also studied a year abroad at the University of Edinburgh.
Anne spent several years teaching children in Montgomery County and Anne Arundel County before sailing off to paradise (the Bahamas) with her husband. She spent 6 years living aboard a sailboat and had two children while doing so.
 
Being outdoors, traveling, spending time with family and all animals, hiking, sailing, reading and writing are a few of her favorite things. If you don't see her at Eco Adventures, you may find her out on the trail (she even hiked in and out of the Grand Canyon with her husband and young children.. talk about an ADVENTURE; you can even read an article she wrote about it in Chesapeake Family Magazine http://www.chesapeakefamily.com/fun/travel/1653-a-grand-canyon-of-an-adventure.
At Eco Adventures, Anne develops and coordinates programs and events including the Mommy & Me classes, Open Discovery Times, parties and field trips and is the master of scheduling all staff for our wonderful programs.

 

Jessica Rosnick

Supervisor of Animal Keeping & Training, Lead Instructor
Jessica received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology, and specialty in Equine Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 2003. In 2017, she earned her Professional Certification in Reptile and Amphibian Husbandry from the American Association of Zoo Keepers. At Eco Adventures, Jessica cares for and trains the animals, leads outreach programs, field trips, parties and other programs. She also is a member of the Kinder Farm Sheep Squad. Jessica enjoys photography, art, horse-back riding, & backpacking.
 
Jessica Rosnick — About EcoAdventures in Millersville, MD
 

 
Kelsey Heyman — About EcoAdventures in Millersville, MD
 

Kelsey Heyman

Enrichment Specialist and Lead Instructor
Kelsey is a lead instructor at Eco Adventures – teaching camps, birthday parties, and other programs. She also works at the Maryland Science Center in children's programming. Kelsey will be receiving her degree in English and Medieval History in 2016. She previously volunteered as a keeper aid working with giraffes and great apes at the Maryland zoo and at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Kelsey loves reading, writing, art, and spending time with her pet snakes, lizards and ferrets.
 

 

Lauren Kashan

Lead Instructor, Animal Keeper
Lauren received her Bachelor Of Science degree in Zoology with an emphasis on Herpetology at Towson University. There, she worked as a research tech studying the movements of Eastern Box Turtles while also providing husbandry for her herpetology lab's reptile collection. While studying at Towson, Lauren also did several zoo keeping internships at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, working with the reptiles and amphibians in both the Rainforest and Australia exhibits. After her graduation in 2013, Lauren returned to National Aquarium to work as a herpetoculturist, while also broadening her background to include aviculture. At Eco Adventures, Lauren leads parties and other programs, and cares for the animals. She also loves Harry Potter, Sugar Free Red Bull, campaigning for social justice, and touring as the vocalist of her hardcore-punk band, Sharptooth.
 
Lauren Kashan — About EcoAdventures in Millersville, MD
 

 
Ashley Pritchard — About EcoAdventures in Millersville, MD
 

Ashley Pritchard

Program Assistant
Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies with a specialization in Biology from McDaniel College in 2016, where she did soil research on monocrop farms and participated in forest restoration projects. Ashley now attends Goucher College where she is working towards her masters degree in Environmental Studies. At Eco Adventures, Ashley is the Lead instructor for the afterschool program as well as other programs. She loves reading, hiking, and traveling.
 

 

Tina Hayden

Programs Coordinator
Tina received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a concentration in Fish and Wildlife Management from American Public University. She is a member of The Wildlife Society, where she serves as the MD/DE State Chapter Secretary as well as the American Public University System (APUS) Student Chapter President. She is a certified Maryland Master Naturalist and has volunteered on projects such as brown pelican banding, bog turtle surveys and the Owl Net project as well as various outreach opportunities. Tina is also currently a wildlife rehabilitator apprentice and will be certified as a master wildlife rehabilitator by the State of Maryland upon completion of her apprenticeship. In her spare time, she is involved in dog sports with her 3 doodles and is an avid hiker.
 
Tina Hayden — About EcoAdventures in Millersville, MD
 

Agnes Hilbert

Administrative Assistant
Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies with a specialization in Biology from McDaniel College in 2016, where she did soil research on monocrop farms and participated in forest restoration projects. Ashley now attends Goucher College where she is working towards her masters degree in Environmental Studies. At Eco Adventures, Ashley is the Lead instructor for the afterschool program as well as other programs. She loves reading, hiking, and traveling.
 
 

Meet Our Animals

At Eco Adventures we have all kinds of animals – from cute and furry, scaly and toothy, to creepy and crawly. From tarantulas, millipedes, scorpions, to dragons, turtles, and crocs! Did you know we have over 100 animals including many that we rescued? Here are just a few of our many amazing creatures
 
Wale — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

"Wale" - American Alligator

American Alligators
Walle is the largest of our American Alligators. Like many of our animals, Walle was taken in as a ... Read more
 
Jefe — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

"Jefe" - Crocodile

Eco Adventures currently has 5 species of Crocodiles including:
“Proteus” a Saltwater Crocodile
“Jefe” a Morelet's Crocodile Read more
 
Spectacle Caiman — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Spectacle Caiman

Our newest crocodilian addition is a Spectacle Caiman who was rescued nearby in Washington, D.C. Spectacle caimans get ... Read more
 
 
Pele — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

"Pele" - Brazilian Short-Tailed Opossum

Brazilian Short-Tailed Opossum
Brazilian Short-Tailed Opossums are marsupials with a ... Read more
 
 
Diego — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD
 
Chip— Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD
 

"Diego" and "Chip" - African Pigmy Hedgehog

African Pigmy Hedgehog - These tiny prickly creatures are native to Africa. Hedgehogs get their name from the grunty ... Read more
 
 
Burmese-Pythons — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Burmese Pythons

“Honey” is a 12-foot long, 40 lb, albino Burmese Python. She is named for her yellow color and sweet disposition.
“Grill... Read more
 
Ball Pythons — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Ball Pythons

Eco Adventures is home to 4 Ball Pythons – “Brownie”, “Ka”, “Ace”, & “Donut”.
Ball pythons ... Read more
 
Columbian Red Tail Boa Constrictor — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Columbian Red Tail Boa Constrictor

Red tail boas are a large, heavy-bodied snake commonly found in the tropical rainforests of South America. They are ... Read more
 
 
Brooks King Snake — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Brooks King Snake

“Stormy” is a chain king snake. Chain king snakes are native to much of the United States, including Maryland. These ... Read more
 
Black Rat Snake — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Black Rat Snake

 
Corn Snake — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

Corn Snake

Corn snakes like our “Mango” are a North American species of rat snake. These snakes are beneficial to humans because ... Read more
 
 
Azul — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

"Azul" - Blue-tongued Skink

Blue-tongued skinks have smooth overlapping scales, can reach an average of 1 1/2 feet in length and have a lifespan of ... Read more
 
Booger — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

"Booger" - Eastern Tiger Salamander

Eastern Tiger Salamanders are thick-bodied amphibians living throughout most of the United States. They get their name ... Read more
 
Shakira — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD

"Shakira" - Red Eyed Tree Frog

Red eyed tree frogs, found in the rainforests of Central America, sleep during the day stuck to leaf bottoms. When ... Read more
 
 
 

In The News

Eco Adventures in Millersville adopts turtles saved from apparent international smuggling scheme

- By E.B. Furgurson III, pfurgurson@capgaznews.com
 
Turtle — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD
 
Hatchling diamondback terrapins were rescued in Alaska by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents
December 19, 2014The chorus of children at Eco Adventures in Millersville let out a collective “Aawww” as the first of four tiny diamondback terrapins, a little larger than a quarter, was taken out of its shipping container after the long flight from Anchorage, Alaska.
The hatchling Maryland state reptiles were far from home when they were rescued from a would-be turtle smuggler hoping to sell them in the lucrative market in China, where turtles of all sorts are considered delicacies. They were among the scores of confiscated turtles cared for by an Anchorage museum.
 
The children in the after-school program at the year-old Eco Adventures prepared to welcome the new additions to facility's collection, which includes crocodiles, snakes and spiders.
They fashioned a “Welcome Home Terrapins” banner and helped prepare a new home for them in an aquarium. They all huddled around as four of the children were selected to place the terrapins — oh, so carefully — in their new home, one by one.
“Let's call him Girdle,” one boy said.
“Gurgle?” said another.
“Yes, Girdle,” responded the first.
“Yertle the turtle,” another child chimed in.
 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents found that the would-be smuggler had four different species of turtles hidden in snow boots and other places. They were confiscated, and most have been sent to new homes like Eco Adventure, an ecological education center off Interstate 97.
Now the four terrapins will be permanent residents. Since the quartet of Malaclemys terrapin were apparently hatched and grown for commercial purposes, “They can't be returned to the wild because we can't disturb the gene pool,” said Brady Barr, a veteran National Geographic Society herpetologist and the host of several television productions centered on wildlife around the globe.
The species, which has several subspecies, is found in the wild in New England, down the Eastern Seaboard and around the Gulf of Mexico.
 
Team — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD
 
The terrapin is proposed for protection under the 40-year-old Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, but is not currently listed as a species threatened with extinction.
Smuggling turtles and other species is potentially a violation of the Lacey Act or the Endangered Species Act. “It depends on the species,” said Gavin Shire, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Penalties for civil violations run up to $10,000 under Lacey and up to $25,000 under the Endangered Species Act. Criminal penalties can mean larger fines and up to five years in prison.
Shire said smuggling to China comes in waves but has been rising because of a shortage of turtles there, mostly due to poaching. The payoff can be hundreds of dollars a turtle.
“There is no end to the places where smugglers will conceal wildlife in an attempt to hide them from inspectors,” Shire said. “They hide them in boots, socks, false bottoms of suitcases and boxes. Or in crates, labeled as other materials.”
The species, which has several subspecies, is found in the wild in New England, down the Eastern Seaboard and around the Gulf of Mexico.
Recently a man was arrested in Detroit with 51 live turtles in his pants, taped to his legs and nether regions.
Shire would not give details of the case in Anchorage, saying the investigation is still underway. One matter being investigated, he said, is whether the smuggling attempt was organized crime or an individual act.
At Eco Adventures, Barr and his wife, Mei Len Sanchez-Barr, a marine biologist and native of Costa Rica, run a program that includes Scout sleepovers, after-school sessions, a summer camp experience, and daytime activities like Mommy and Me.
The company also takes all sorts of critters to schools, so that students can get to know them.
The collection includes Gigantor, a 22-foot, 300-pound reticulated python, and Jefe, a Morelet's crocodile. There are also Burmese hedgehogs, an opossum and spiders.
“I am convinced, and research shows, that if children can see, touch and feel, they will retain more knowledge,” Barr said. “That is what we are all about here.”
Eco Adventures' 3,500-square-foot headquarters is at a small business park abutting the headwaters of the Severn River. “There are 1,500 acres back there for us to explore,” Barr said. “The river is only a few feet wide, and running clear with trout and other species.”
Eco Adventures is holding a terrapin-naming contest. Visiting members of the public are invited to submit names. Check the website at www.EcoAdventures.org for the best time to stop by.

Dr. Brady Barr interviewed by FOX 4 News Dallas-Fort Worth

Chesapeake Family

- By Regina Verow
 
On National Geographic's “Dangerous Encounters with Dr. Brady Barr,” world-renowned herpetologist and Anne Arundel County resident Brady Barr interacts with some of the planet's wildest creatures. Now kids can join Barr for some amazing wild animal experiences right in Millersville, MD.
At the new Eco Adventures founded by Barr's wife, Mei Len Sanchez-Barr, kids can hang out with a 20-foot, reticulated python, see scorpions up close, pet an American alligator and learn about environmental stewardship. Eco Adventures promotes positive interaction with the natural world while inspiring families to make a difference for the planet.
 
 
Tucked away in an unassuming building in a Millersville business park, Eco Adventures is a hands-on educational center that allows families to experience exotic and local animals up close and learn about conservation of natural habitats. It offers a wide range of interactive experiences from drop-in events and classes to after-school programming to birthday parties to training for teachers.
Sanchez-Barr founded the company several years ago and started offering classes and camps out of the Severna Park Community Center add Kinderfarm Park. The programs featured the live, exotic creatures she and Barr kept in the basement of their Anne Arundel County home. As the business grew, it became time to move the animals and the center's offerings into a bigger, permanent space. Last December, Eco Adventures opened its doors in Millersville.
The Barrs believe passionately that creative, positive and personal experiences with wildlife can inspire people to make a difference for the planet. Brady Barr is proof of that.
“I grew up in Indiana and was lucky to have dedicated educators and parents who championed an interactive classroom,” he says. He credits the environmental field trips he took in school and interacting with animals such as rabbits and turtles in the classroom as fueling his interest in the field.
Known as the leading herpetologist in the world, Barr was the first person to capture and study all 23 species of crocodilians in the wild. He has also hosted over 100 wildlife documentaries for the National Geographic channel and appeared on such shows as Oprah, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The View. He's also a master storyteller and author. Now he has two elementary-aged children who are experiencing more interaction with animals than even he did growing up.

Hands-On Learning

 
Children holding snake — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD
 
Eco Adventures is part zoo, part classroom.
“It's very powerful to get up close and personal. It can change a child's life,” Barr explains. He tells the story of one boy who asked how many toes a turtle had. Barr decided he had two options: answer the question quickly and move on, or give the boy a chance to find out for himself. After the pair climbed into the rainforest river enclosure, Barr securely held the large snapping turtle and the boy counted toes.
“He will never forget that experience,” Barr says. “It's one thing to read about something or see a picture. It's another thing to line kids up and have them hold a 20-foot python.”
 
For Barr, a lot of the energy behind Eco Adventures is about giving back and empowering kids.
“Kids can change the world,” he says. Throughout his career, Barr has asked kids for help with challenges he has faced. He estimates that 20 to 30 of the ideas he has implemented in his field research were generated by kids.
Barr once told a group of children how difficult it was to study crocodiles in the wild because they won't let humans near them. One young boy suggested that a crocodile costume might allow Barr to get really close. Barr took that suggestion back to National Geographic and a custom croc costume was designed, allowing Barr to get closer to crocodiles in the wild.

Passing On The Passion

 
Eco Adventures is part zoo, part classroom.
“It's very powerful to get up close and personal. It can change a child's life,” Barr explains. He tells the story of one boy who asked how many toes a turtle had. Barr decided he had two options: answer the question quickly and move on, or give the boy a chance to find out for himself. After the pair climbed into the rainforest river enclosure, Barr securely held the large snapping turtle and the boy counted toes.
“He will never forget that experience,” Barr says. “It's one thing to read about something or see a picture. It's another thing to line kids up and have them hold a 20-foot python.”
For Barr, a lot of the energy behind Eco Adventures is about giving back and empowering kids.
 
Boa and kids — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD
 
“Kids can change the world,” he says. Throughout his career, Barr has asked kids for help with challenges he has faced. He estimates that 20 to 30 of the ideas he has implemented in his field research were generated by kids.
Barr once told a group of children how difficult it was to study crocodiles in the wild because they won't let humans near them. One young boy suggested that a crocodile costume might allow Barr to get really close. Barr took that suggestion back to National Geographic and a custom croc costume was designed, allowing Barr to get closer to crocodiles in the wild.

Exploring Eco Adventures' offerings

 
Underwater Cave — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD
 
Eco Adventures has three activity rooms, each with its own habitat theme.
The Underwater Cave Room is where arts and crafts and messy experiments take place. Murals adorn the walls and several aquariums feature local and exotic animals. The African Room is located upstairs and is mostly used for corporate events and photo opportunities. Visitors can have their picture taken with an exotic animal in front of a screen that makes it look like they are in the rainforest, on an African safari or even underwater.
The Rainforest Room, the largest of the three, is where much of the programming and animal encounters take place. The python, Gigantor, lives in this room (don't worry, he's well contained) and an enclosure mimics the edge of a riverside where a crocodile, an alligator or a large snapping turtle may be hanging out. The Rainforest Room hosts everything from toddler drop-in classes to after-school programs to evening family lectures.
 
Eco Adventures offers an array of educational experience including drop-in days, Friday night drop-off programs, Rainforest yoga classes, family fun nights, sleep overs in the Rainforest, guest speakers, field trips, camps and school outreach. A Therapeutic Explorers program pairs a certified special education teacher and children with special needs. Teacher training sessions are held twice a month to encourage teachers to add more conservation concepts into the classroom. And soon, Eco Adventures hopes to offer family ecotourism trips to places such as the Florida Keys and Costa Rica.

Eco Adventures Brings Exotic Creatures To Anne Arundel County

- By Brian Lancione
February 5, 2014 Eco Adventures owner Mei Len Sanchez-Barr, who was joined by co-owners Dr. Brady Barr and Melissa Van Gieson and a group of well-wishers, cut the ribbon on January 23 to officially open their new facility located at 216 Najoles Road, Suite 600 in Millersville. Co-owner Dr. Eric Van Gieson was not present for the event.
 
 

Conservation

 
Rainforest — Wildlife Education in Millersville, MD
 

Rainforest Reserve

As many of you know, Mei Len & Brady own 150 acres of Rainforest Reserve called Nama Laká (meaning land of the Jaguars in Meso-American Indian language) in Costa Rica. They are hoping to open it up to the public soon. This past year, the Barrs built a tree house main rustic lodge for guests and a security guard house, added trails, and planted trees with more to come! They have been fighting to keep poachers out of the area as it is an on-going problem. They hired a security guard, have been meeting with officials and neighboring preserves to form an alliance, and purchased motion detection and video cameras to help prosecute trespassers. They will soon be getting electricity on their property and there are ongoing road improvements for easier eco-tourism access to this area.
 

Education/Research

The Barrs have set motion detection cameras to monitor and collect data on wildlife as well as to collect poacher photos. Some animals they have collected photos of include: the endangered tapirs, cats: jaguarundis, Margays, pumas, ocelots, Oncillas, tamandua anteaters, agoutis, coatis, Red brocket deer, peccaries, tinamous, snakes, poison dart frogs, among various others. They also have a species ID list that includes a birdwatchers paradise- Green Macaws, toucans, hummingbirds, parrots, parakeets, warblers, tanagers, you name it! The Barrs also contribute to the Crocodile Headstart Program, have done workshops for the National Science Teachers Association, and donated supplies, computers, and books to many school children who are in desperate need of educational materials.

Africa

In the last couple of years, Mei Len and Brady have given scholarships to biology students studying crocodiles, have funded training programs, and have trained African rangers on how to capture and relocate problem, man-eating crocodiles. They have also purchased snares and equipment to send to Africa for rangers to be able to safely relocate them. The Barrs run these programs to fulfill their passion for conservation, to inspire kids to join in the fight to help our planet, and to have a little fun doing it! Thank you for your support! Please see our Facebook page and like us to receive updates on our conservation efforts.