More than 100 parents and children showed up for the Wild Things Zoofari presentation Wednesday at the Copperas Cove Public Library.
The free event was part of the library’s summer reading program for children and a way of bringing some entertainment to education, said Martha Dye, program director.
“We really like (the children) to participate in the read-at-home program, so they don’t forget their reading skills, but we also want them to come out and see what’s in their community,” she said. “They can see the other kids and learn new things, too.”
Courtney Pineda of Wild Things Zoofari gave an interactive demonstration of exotic animals, including an African genet, a Brazilian opossum and an African ball python.
Children oohed and aahed as Pineda introduced each creature; however, the mood in the room changed when she brought out the snake.
“If anyone is deathly afraid of snakes, you might not want to sit so close,” Pineda said.
The turnout for the event was so great, several people were unable to get into the library’s meeting room.
Organizers had to ask parents with older children to wait outside in order to make room for the remaining kids.
Stephanie Emerson, who brought her three children, said the presentation was constructive because it gave children room to ask questions.
“We watch a lot of ‘Animal Planet’ and my daughter wants to be a veterinarian so this will be good for her,” Emerson said.
Guests were allowed to pet one animal as they exited the room.
The presentation is one in a series that will run throughout the summer and is open to the public. Visitors can register at the library before or on the day of the event. Call (254) 547-3826 for more information.