Children learn up close with zoo animals at Krause

Colleen LaBeau and her little friends packed Krause Memorial Library on Monday, June 28 as over 200 fascinated youngsters showed up for visiting animals from John Ball Zoo. Children were able to learn about the animals—ears, not legs make the difference between snakes and skinks—and were even allowed to pet a blue-tongued skink after the presentation. In addition to a blue-tongued skink, children saw a hooded Merganser duck and a long-tailed chinchilla, and were able to touch animal exhibits of a wolverine pelt and paw, an ostrich egg, shark jaws, a turtle shell and others. LeBeau is the outreach program facilitator. She said she has many programs coming up at other libraries. If you missed this event, check Kent District Library’s website at www.kdl.org to see where else zoo animals will be visiting.

Children are excited to be able to touch a New Guinea blue-tongued skink at Krause Memorial Library in downtown Rockford.

 

Mitchell Swint, 4, plays with a set of shark jaws.

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