By Laura Cross, vetstreet.com
The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and baby animals are being born, making spring the perfect time to take your family to a children's zoo. Unlike at regular zoos, many of the animals in children's zoos aren't behind glass cages, which means that you and your kids will have the opportunity, with the help of trained facilitators, to get up close and personal with sheep, goats, chickens - and maybe even giraffes - in a safe, supervised environment.
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Interacting with wildlife isn't just fun and exciting for kids (and adults) - it also teaches children valuable lifelong lessons that can't be learned by watching The Backyardigans on TV or playing Farmville on a computer. To find out why visiting with animals is such an important experience for children of all ages, we spoke with two experts: Marina Haynes, Children's Zoo curator for the Philadelphia Zoo, and Cheryl Piropato, education andRead More »from Help Your Child Make the Most Out of a Visit to a Children’s Zoo