By Paul Thompson
Northeast residents received a visit from the Kansas City Zoomobile on Friday, July 6 at the North-East branch of the Kansas City Public Library.
A large group of children and adults alike sat at rapt attention at Kansas City Zoo education instructors Alex Council and Kelly Schouten introduced animals during the roughly hour-long event.
“We have one of our managers at the zoo that’s in charge of our education animals; we have about 40 different species that we use for programs like this,” Council said. “She kind of looks at all the different programs that are going out for that week – some of them have different themes that certain animals fit better for. She tries to make sure that animals don’t get out too often, or if an animal hasn’t been out in a while, we try to get that animal out.”
First up was Walter, a radiated tortoise. Schouten and Council allowed attendees to pet his large protective shell.
“The variety; there are no two days that are exactly the same,” Schouten said. “It’s always something different.”