St. Malachy students get closer look at radical reptiles
February 28, 2013 10:00 AM
St. Malachy students and a boa constrictor examine one another during the zoo's "Radical Reptiles" presentation.
An American alligator walks slowly in front of the students.
Zoo education specialist Autumn Ellis shows a pancake tortoise to the students.
It's not everyday that schoolchildren in Western Pennsylvania can share space with an alligator. Fact is, our winters are much too cold for such animals to live in the wild around here.
But thanks to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and the Radical Reptiles display, students at St. Malachy School on Forest Grove Road in Kennedy had an opportunity during a Zoomobile Assembly Program last Friday morning to see a live American alligator and other similar creatures.
In the photo above, Autumn Ellis, an education specialist for the Pittsburgh Zoo, shows an American alligator to students.
Pittsburgh Zoo reptiles a hit at St. Malachy School
Students at St. Malachy School in Kennedy were entertained recently by a collection of reptiles in a Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium program. (Video by Doug Oster; 2/28/2013)
The zoo's program geared for students in kindergarten through eighth grade allow the young people the chance to enter the world of reptilian wonders and discover the amazing adaptations that have enabled these animals to survive and flourish through the ages.
To learn more about the Zoomobile Assembly Programs, which run about 45 minutes in length, visit its website. Five other assemblies are available.