Bringing the zoo to you

Special to the PRESS

Tuesday morning, representatives from Gladys Porter Zoo visited the students of Christ’s Harbor Daycare and Christian School, bringing with them various creatures and critters. Amidst looks of curiosity on the faces of the children, Daniel Arriaga, who works in the zoo’s Education Department, unveiled the animals one by one. Each child was elated at the opportunity to see, touch, and even feed the different animals, which included an African pygmy hedgehog, an Australian sugar glider, a domestic ferret, a Madagascar hissing cockroach and finally Coco, a blue and gold macaw.

Daycare Director Rachel Ruiz said that the opportunity to learn about and touch the animals would provide students with an excellent educational experience, however, Texas state law does not allow daycares to participate in field trips. She said, “As a daycare, we are not allowed to go on field trips, so instead of going to the zoo, we had the zoo come to us. We made it happen.”

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