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Ranai Gonzales

Belize Instructor

Ranai Gonzales, an EPI Belize Instructor residing in Santa Elena Town, Belize, is on the verge of completing her Bachelor's Degree in Biology at the University of Belize. Her focus lies in understanding the reproductive cycles and species composition of Phyllostomid bats on T.R.E.E.S. property, showcasing a dedication to exploring Belize's diverse ecosystems.

Ranai's journey into environmental education and conservation began with volunteer work at local NGOs, contributing to wildlife rescue, Citizen Scientist programs, and reforestation projects in various regions, including the Chiquibul Forest and Golden Stream Corridor. A former junior biologist and science program coordinator at T.R.E.E.S., Ranai's passion for field education and data collection blossomed during her internship, where she discovered her love for teaching science in the field.

An advocate for environmental field education, Ranai finds inspiration in guiding students to conduct research, think critically, and appreciate their natural surroundings. Volunteering with Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic and Friends for Conservation and Development in citizen scientist programs, she actively contributes to conservation efforts.

Outside her environmental pursuits, Ranai enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, and exploring trails. A versatile musician, she plays the piano, recorder, silver flute, guitar, ukulele, and the Double Tenor Steelpan. In moments of relaxation, she indulges in her passion for reading.

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