We always love doing presentations, each one is unique and has its own positive qualities, but then there are those that really stand out and bring a smile every time we think about it for years to come. That's what happened this weekend. We had one of those amazing shows that will be remembered for a very long time. It was just a 5 year old's birthday party and we weren't expecting anything more than our usual fun time. We arrived and started setting up the table and animals in a shed/barn heated with space heaters, the clients knew the animals preferred a warm place to present. The audience started filing in; 3-5 year olds and rows of parents crowded into the space. The kids had just finished their cake, sugar, and were ready to see some animals!! As we waited for the stragglers to make it in I kept the hungry crowd preoccupied with questions of favorite animals and guesses as to what we had brought. As the presentation began the audience participation and enthusiasm was above and beyond our expectation of such a young crowd. Now, I don't know if Goose and I were doing something different, but I give all the credit to the sear joy these kids had to be learning about animals. They had a great reaction to Chalupa, the tarantula, making her appearance on Goose's back after we had "lost" her, but my favorite part was how engaged they were in the lesson of endangered species that Quigley, the brush-tailed bettong, brought to the show. They were thrilled to learn that Quigley had a girlfriend named Babette and that they might have a baby joey in the future which would help keep increase the population for this critically endangered species. We hope to see many of these faces again in the future and also hope that we have many more presentations like this one. I dream that in the future this young generation that has so much enthusiasm for animals and nature can become the majority in this world. And imagine if a few of those become advocated for the environment and share their love and respect to the next generation. Think of how wonderful this world will be when that happens. That is my dream and that is why we do what we do.
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