St. Malachy students get closer look at radical reptiles
St. Malachy students and a boa constrictor examine one another during the zoo's "Radical Reptiles" presentation.
Zoo education specialist Autumn Ellis shows a pancake tortoise to the students.
An American alligator walks slowly in front of the students.
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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.
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.
First Published February 28, 2013 12:00 am