Education Matters: Zoofari Provides Teaching Moments

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Some local youngsters have wrapped up summer day camps at the Little Rock Zoo.

They took part in Zoofari, a fun and interactive way to learn all about the animals there.

“I like that it’s fun and you get to see a lot of different animals,” says Sabrina.

The 8-year-old is wild about the zoo.

“We went to go feed the larakeets and we went to go pet the penguins,” she explains.

Each summer, the Zoofari class focuses on all types of animals living in different environments.

This year, the children took a journey to the wetlands.

“How you can protect them and keep them safe and how they help us,” Sabrina continues.

She enjoys the hands-on aspect of Zoofari, from a simulation of milking a cow, to petting some goats at the barn.

The great thing about Zoofari is it takes the kids outside the classroom and they walk all across the zoo to check out animals like the elephants and get up close and personal with them.

The zoo is planning to have more classes this fall.

“We are going to be doing some of the same programs as last year, such as the animal exploration classes and our vet classes and our ‘how to be a zookeeper.’ But we are going to start some new ones that we’ve never done before dealing with the farm as well as all aspects of the zoo,” says Laura Fawks Lapole.

These are classes Sabrina says she’s excited to be a part of when school is out for the summer, and encourages other people to come out if they’ve never been.

“If you really like animals, then you would really like it here because they do some projects and then after we do some projects we play some games, and then we do vocabulary,” she adds.

It’s helping kids prepare for the school year, which is just around the corner.

Click here to learn more about all the educational classes the zoo has to offer.

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