ZOOMOBILE VISITS SUNNYSIDE SCHOOL – ON SCENE WITH BILL WILSON

BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson © 2010

Who knew if you can’t come to the zoo the zoo can come to you? Yesterday the Sunnyside Elementary School was the on the itinerary of the ZooMobile. After school 18 fourth grade students had the opportunity to meet Artie the nine banded armadillo and Sassafras, a porcupine.

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One or two fingers is less threatening to the animals
than the whole hand. Artie the armadillo is part of the classroom
experience of the ZooMobile.

Photo By Bill Wilson © 2010

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Blair Bazdarich, ZooMobile Intern is being interviewed by TV reporter
while holding Sassafras.

Photo By Bill Wilson © 2010

The ZooMobile visits classrooms across the Bay area offering an up-close, hands-on experience with live animals. ZooMobile programs have been developed for specific grade levels in accordance with the themes listed in the California Science Content Standards.

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Artie gets a meal worm that had been stuffed into a cardboard toilet paper roll with newspaper so the armadillo gets exercise along with the treats.
Photo By Bill Wilson © 2010

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Students get a chance to touch Sassafras.

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These boxes will be part of the Valentine celebration at the zoo over the weekend.
Photo By Bill Wilson © 2010

After learning about each animal and getting a chance to pet them, the students then painted boxes that will be used to distribute animal enrichments for all the animals at the zoo during the Valentine Day celebration this weekend.

ZooMobile runs from September through mid-June each year. Each lesson can accommodate up to 35 students, and up to four presentations can be offered on a single day. Call (415) 753-8123 to schedule a ZooMobile visit.**

*Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14**
**A**sk an Animal to be Your Valentine at the Zoo!**
*/Kids Who Bring in Valentines for the Animals Receive FREE Admission//
/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the San Francisco Zoo February 13 & 14 and watch the animals receive “love-themed” enrichment treats. From chimps and polar bears to meerkats and birds – love will be in the air.

Show how much you love the animals and keepers by bringing in Valentine cards and dropping them in a traditional Valentine’s Day mailbox located at the front entrance to the Zoo. These cards will then be delivered to each of the keepers who care for the animals.

Get one FREE child’s admission with one paid adult for kids ages 4 to 14 who bring in a Valentine for any of the Zoo’s animals!

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson is a San Francisco-based veteran photojournalist. Bill embraced photojournalism at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR), The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Examiner, SFist, SFAppeal. Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past six years. Email Bill Wilson at wfwilson@sbcglobal.net.

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