Blank Park Zoo brings unique creatures to Coulter Public Library

Greg Forbes


From slithery and soft to noisy and not sure, a host of unique animals entertained a crowd of children at the Coulter Public Library last Wednesday.
Bailey Douglas, Interactive Educator with the Blank Park Zoo, visited the library with four animals from the zoo’s educational department. Visitors were a Rouen duck, a lesser hedgehog tenrec, a bearded dragon and a fox snake. Douglas said most the animals were rescues or former pets that had come to the zoo in some way. She said those animals are used to educate children on the different creatures that exist in the world and their habits.
“What I want them to take away from this is that animals are super cool or that they learn something new about an animal they’ve never met before or have never seen,” Douglas said.
She said it’s important to introduce them to a wide array of animals to show that each has its own benefit to and place in the world. While some children might find creatures such as snakes and lizards scary, Douglas said it’s fun to see them change their opinions and learn more about the animals that visit.
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