Omar the hedgehog may be among the animals on hand for the ASA presentation.
Omar the hedgehog may be among the animals on hand for the ASA presentation.

You will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with as many as four live animals from Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo when a staff member (name?) from the zoo brings them to the Academy Village on Wednesday (Aug. 10) at 3:30 p.m.

The presentation, entitled “Home Sweet Habitat,” will focus on the amazing adaptations that help animals survive in different habitats around the world. And yes, touching the animals is allowed. In the presentation, audience members will:

  • Meet small animals such as hedgehogs, lizards, snakes, and armadillos close-up, and find out why each animal is unique.
  • Learn how animals survive in desert, rainforest and savannah habitats.
  • Explore amazing adaptations with live animal ambassadors.
  • Learn what an animal needs in its habitat to survive.

Reid Park Zoo, founded in 1965 with a collection of birds, prairie dogs, farm animals, and a few squirrel monkeys, has expanded to a 24-acre campus that houses hundreds of animals in naturalistic exhibits and annually hosts over 600,000 visitors. Reid Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

The zoo’s mission is “to encourage commitment to the conservation of biological diversity and to provide educational and fun experiences for visitors of all ages.”

Written by Betty Feinberg, Academy Village Volunteer

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Zoo Program Shows How Animals Adapt to Habitat: August 2016
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