Students in preschool through fifth grade participated in the zoo’s Predator and Prey Presentation, a chance to get up close and personal with the likes of snakes, scorpions and hedgehogs.
Zookeeper Carrie Flood brought each creature around to meet the kids face to face. Students were asked to consider whether the species was predator or prey, based on its features. They decided Turbo the Turtle was prey and learned that Zion the king snake — a predator — eats rattlesnakes!
They met a cactus beetle and Bubbles, the whip scorpion. They learned that Bernie the hedgehog is a small but ferocious African predator who completely terrifies his prey.
Students “were very excited to have the Zoomobile visit this year,” says Principal Christina Strauss. “This is just another example of how Festival Foothills Elementary is providing exciting opportunities for its students despite tough economic times.”
Festival Foothills Elementary is a K-8 school located at 26252 W. Desert Vista Blvd. in Buckeye, 10 miles west of Surprise. It is part of the Wickenburg Unified School District.
Festival Foothills opened in January 2008 as a K-5 school, and has grown to include a preschool and middle school. One-third of the student population comes from neighboring communities through open enrollment.
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