Animal Tales visited the Enterprise Public Library to teach students about “creatures around the galaxy” on July 18.
The program goes through some of the constellations found in the night sky and introduces audiences to the real life animals that represent the constellations. The animals shown include an emperor scorpion, Colorado river frog, Flemish giant rabbit, coatimundi, green cheeked conure and Dumeril’s boa constrictor.
The coatimundi is in the raccoon family and is used in place of a raccoon for legal reasons, according to Animal Tales Southeast Director John Ham.
He said that the main objective behind the program is to get children interested in reading and animals.
“We’re able to take these animals and bring them to inspire kids to go read,” Ham said. “The biggest point of this to get them excited about animals, get them excited about reading and get them into the routine of reading all the time.”
Ham and the organization refer to the program as an “edZOOcational” experience.
“We put the full energy into it because our excitement is the best way to spread education,” Ham said. “When you’re excited they’re excited and that makes them want to learn.”
The program is part of EPL’s “Universe of Stories” summer reading initiate that started with the summer reading program kick-off in May.