See you on Sunday in Quartier d'Orléans for the 6th edition of the Endemic Animal Festival!

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The association "Les Fruits de Mer" is organizing this Sunday, April 28, from 9 am to noon, at the Amuseum Naturalis (The Old House) in Quartier d'Orléans, its 6th annual Festival of Endemic Animals. The opportunity to get to know unique animals that only live in Saint-Martin, exhibitions and fun activities are also on the program for the morning.

“Our theme this year is Survivors,” explains Mark Yokoyama, co-founder of Les Fruits de Mer. “Our endemic animals are the most extraordinary survivors. By adapting to survive in Saint-Martin, they have become unique species that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. They are a key element of the island's heritage. If they were lost here, they would disappear from the world. Children and adults can also learn about the birds that only live in our region through games and fun activities linked to the “Detective of the Birds of the Caribbean” program.

The festival will also use the Survivors theme to explore local heritage. A special exhibition of poems from the new book Hurricane Protocol by renowned writer Lasana M. Sekou is also planned. 

Visitors will have an overview of Soualibra, a new research library that collects and shares knowledge about Saint Martin. A special exhibition will highlight 5000 years of ecological traditions in Saint-Martin.

“During this festival, guests can contribute to the survival of Saint-Martin”, underlines Jenn Yerkes, President of the Les Fruits de Mer association. “Visitors will be able to decorate a bird feeder made from a bottle. plastic and take it home to feed birds in their garden or elsewhere. You can also bring home seedlings of native trees and other plants free of charge. You will learn more about some of the threats we all face here in the territory ”.

The Endemic Animals Festival is open to all ages, especially children. Festival-goers will also be able to enjoy all the permanent exhibitions at the Amuseum Naturalis, located on the hill overlooking Le Galion, in Quartier d'Orléans.

The festival is completely free thanks to the generous support of the Gold Sponsor Delta Petroleum, without forgetting the partners 97150, BirdsCaribbean, Buzz, IZI Light, L'Auberge Gourmande, Lagoonies Bistro and Bar, L'Esperance Hôtel, St. Martin's Sweetness and Tri- Sport.

 

 

Photo caption: Le Thécadactyle Spotted is one of the animals that can only be found in Staint-Martin!

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