Last week T and I met our friends at the library to check out a new-to-us free summer event, a traveling animal education show by the Wildlife Learning Center!
The Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization based in Sylmar (CA); its mission is to, “Provide sanctuary and lifetime care to wildlife in need and to educate the public to care about wildlife, the life sciences, conservation, and the environment we share.” Not only do they have a central facility for the public to visit (please see website for hours and address), but they also specialize in taking their show on the road and into area schools, community events, and in our case, yes, even libraries. The Wildlife Learning Center has had a relationship with the Long Beach Public Library for a few summers now, but this year was the first time we were able to get over, get wild, and see the show (in our case at the Los Altos branch).
The show lasted about one hour and is run like a mobile show-and-tell classroom with a wide variety of live animals. They always try to feature two types of wildlife rescues: Animals that are indigenous to the Southern California area (i.e. animals found in local, natural settings in need of rehabilitation but then are returned to their environs once healthy and healed), and species that are recovered from illegal situations (i.e. animals being kept as domesticated pets and/or that have been illegally imported for sale over the internet or through other channels). In the latter case, most of the non-indigenous species either are moved to zoological societies that have room to house them or they remain housed by The Wildlife Center for educational purposes.
The Wildlife Learning Center put on a show that was perfect for all-ages (kids and adults). Staff did a great job showing off and teaching us about all of the different animals, which in our case included an African tortoise, desert fox, Argentinean red tegu, European Tawny Owl, porcupine, African serval, baby American alligator, and a red-tailed boa. You can read the captions on a few of the photos above for some fun facts about each animal.
Thanks to the Wildlife Learning Center duo of Alicia and Jarrod (sorry if those names aren’t spelled correctly) for teaching us such wonderful things about all of your beautiful, worldly creatures, great and small!
Don’t worry if you missed the show! There’s one more appearance by the Wildlife Learning Center this summer at Long Beach Public Library’s Brewitt branch TOMORROW Thursday July 25, 3 p.m. Also, speaking of animals, coming up at the Los Altos branch this Saturday there’s going to be a “Read to B.A.R.K. Dogs” event from 11 a.m.-to-12:30 p.m.; B.A.R.K. stands for “Beach Animals Reading with Kids,” and this program is held every 4th Saturday of the month at this location. You can go here for more information on other FREE upcoming summer events with Long Beach Public Library and here for other future events in addition to the summer programs.
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