MOORPARK, CA (September 11, 2019) –
Moorpark College invites the community to experience America’s Teaching Zoo free of charge on September 21 and 22. Guests will experience wild animal encounters and presentations, as well as big cat feedings and animal training demonstrations. These demonstrations provide unique opportunities to witness operant conditioning and the student/animal bond.
"We want our community to know that we appreciate their support, and what better way to do that than to invite them in for free?" says Mara Rodriguez, zoo staff at America’s Teaching Zoo. "We hope first-time visitors will take advantage of this promotion and come to appreciate our Zoo as a community resource."
America’s Teaching Zoo is located on the Moorpark College campus, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. Operation hours and animal presentations will be from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wild animal encounters and presentations will be at noon and 2 p.m. The event is free to all attendees.
America’s Teaching Zoo is also home to an important program that trains the next generation of animal stewards. The Exotic Animal Training and Management program (EATM) provides students with high-quality instruction in exotic animal care and training, giving them hands-on experience while caring for nearly 200 animals at the Zoo.
For more information, call (805) 378-1441 or visit moorparkcollege.edu/zoo.
MOORPARK COLLEGE, one of three colleges in the Ventura County Community College District, was founded in 1967. It is set on 150 beautiful acres, nestled in the foothills on the southeastern flank of Ventura County, about 40 miles from UCLA, and approximately 75 miles from UC Santa Barbara. It is also a short drive from CSU Northridge, CSU Channel Islands, and California Lutheran University. Moorpark College was recognized in the Huffington Post in March of 2015 as the fourth-best community college in the nation. It has an excellent reputation for university transfer preparation, and its signature career/technical programs include nursing, radiation technology, biotechnology, and exotic animal training, which incorporates the world-renowned America’s Teaching Zoo. The college also offers a dynamic range of classes and programs in the visual and performing arts, and its pristine athletic fields and mild climate provide an excellent home for student athletes.