People can explore animals from around the world at the Willow Park Zoo and longtime zoo superintendent Rod Wilhelm says people come from all over, both large groups and small, to visit the zoo located at Logan’s Willow Park. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, zoo education coordinator Stacie Nimer extended a special invitation for people to come to the Spring 2011 What’s New at the Zoo activity on Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. She said there will be a lot of activities, including all kinds of crafts and a magic act. “We’ve got six various booths up for our program this Saturday,” Nimer said. “Basically when people come in this Saturday they pay the usual admission that they would. We are offering free punch passes for every child’s admission. “There are, for the punch pass, booths set up around the zoo that we run. We will be games, crafts, activities. We even have entertainment for the whole family, we have a magician coming, Steve Viator.” Wilhelm says there will also be a trip through the nine-acre zoo to view a variety of animals native to North America plus exotic species from throughout the world. “Because of our budget situation we are not buying any new animals in the near future,” Wilhelm said. “But we always are working with other zoos on trades and things like that. “We brought in some new Rock Hyraxes this year. Last year was the first year we had the Rock Hyraxes on exhibit.” Wilhelm said the zoo closed through the winter for the first time ever this past year from mid-December until March 14 both to save money and due to heavy snow conditions.
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