Wild Times with the Dallas Zoo

An African Penguin, a Two-Toed Sloth, a Caribbean Flamingo and a Dwarf Crocodile.

These are just a few of the birds, mammals and reptiles that recently visited with students at six Richardson ISD elementary schools — Bowie, Dobie Primary, Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet, Jess Harben, Northlake and Wallace. Animal Adventures with the Dallas Zoo is an interactive learning event that brings the wonder of the zoo to local schools.

The Animal Adventures outreach program is designed to teach students about highly endangered animals and conservation efforts on their behalf. The exciting program features educational animals from around the world and is presented by Dallas Zoo staff.

The impressive array of critters does one very important job — inspires a passion for nature and educates students about animal conservation.

The program allows students to use STEM-based solutions to answer wildlife questions, exposes them to careers in animal conservation and allows students to have up-close encounters with nature and wildlife.

“All elementary students study animals within RISD’s science curriculum,” said Bowie Principal Staci Low. “Kindergarteners research different animals and their habitats, while 5th graders study animals’ learned and inherited traits. The Dallas Zoo’s program provides up-close experience with these scientific concepts by highlighting specific animals; their diets, habitats, and unique features; as well as their inherited and learned traits.”

Each presentation is tailored to enhance existing curriculum needs and reinforces concepts students are learning in the classroom. Part of the Dallas Zoo’s education department, Animal Adventures is aligned with the state TEKS curriculum and delivers grade appropriate content. Presentations are designed to be interactive and keep students excited and engaged. Zoo instructors share exciting facts about each animal while allowing students to safely get up close and personal with these creatures.