Monarto Mentor Camp 2014
Four new mentors, Jade, Jordan, Cody and Rachael joined experienced mentors Ella, Haydn, Maddi and Angus for the 2014 Mentor Program. This year the group encountered a new set of activities designed to challenge and develop their leadership skills. Mother nature once again presented her own challenge. Last year, the group had to evacuate the zoo due to a bushfire, this year mentors had to dodge the floods as the skies opened up and Monarto Zoo had its biggest rainfall in a very long time! It provided an interesting contrast to the normally hot, dry conditions, everyone got saturated whilst taking part in zoo-keeping activities and the bus was nearly swallowed by the puddles in the roads, but everyone had lots of fun.
The Mentors explored what is means to be a mentor, their preferred leadership styles and assisted with planning the online workshops and the upcoming Leadership Camp. There were new activities to challenge the mentors and assist them to bond as a team. Wally, an Education Officer with Monarto Zoo guided them through a series of team-building activities that they could later use with all YEC members at the Leadership Camp and Celebration Forum.
The mentors were also able to give back to the zoo assisting with zoo-keeping activities such as, collecting old tree guards and shoveling horse poo. They were rewarded with a behind-the scenes tour of the native plant propagation area used to raise seedlings and plants to re-vegetate the 1000 ha property as well as being lucky to catch a glimpse of the Black and White Colobus Monkeys which are not on exhibit to the public. The mentors even had their own private talk about the Chimpanzees!