Education specialists with the Palm Beach Zoo brought holiday joy to The Arc of Palm Beach County with special visits from animals in the Ed Morse ZooMobile, on Monday, December 16, 2013. By bringing animals like a parrot, a red-footed tortoise and a two-toed sloth, the Zoo hopes to give children and adults with development disabilities a connection to wildlife.
Dr. Tiffany North, Director of Children and Family Services at The Arc of Palm Beach County, explained why the visit from the ZooMobile is particularly important to the students at Potentials Charter School. "For many of our families, it is so difficult to transport their children along with their mobility and medical equipment that family outings to the zoo are nearly impossible," said Dr. North, adding, "The opportunity for our students to have this experience is priceless, and we are incredibly grateful that the Palm Beach Zoo has generously agreed to do this for us."
A special surprise visit from Santa and Rudolph enhanced the educational experience. The Zoo captured the joy on everyone's faces as they received holiday candy, learned about wildlife and engaged in sensory learning by touching different types of animals.