The company's classes feature all manner of travel-sized animals, from amphibians to spiders to furry little mammals--none of which are big enough to eat your children. At a typical class, you might meet species from Africa, South America and Australia, as well as Texas natives such as Emmie, the black-tailed prairie dog. Many of the animals don't seem to mind a little manhandling from time to time, allowing for close interaction that is sure to fascinate kids and adults alike. Most of the Zooniversity's "animal ambassadors" were rescued from captive mistreatment or injuries incurred in the wild, and now they enjoy luxury accommodations at the Zooniversity's home facility. The group even saved two cuddly chinchillas from death row at the fur farm.
Blankenship and her colleagues stress that their wild animals are not "pets," and often share their tiny survivors' horror stories with students to teach valuable lessons about conservation, ecology and the evils of the exotic pet trade. Don't miss your chance to learn a thing or two and--maybe, just maybe--see these charming little creatures crap all over a Garland library.