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Local Las Vegas Youth Visit Sensory Safari Trailer

Humanitarian Services – If you attended the Convention this year, you may have noticed lots of kids walking through the show floor looking at all the wonderful taxidermy.  The kids, primarily 1st and 2nd graders from Las Vegas area schools, received an educational experience in the difference between predator and prey as well as viewing and feeling the mounts of the Semi-trailer Sensory Safari.

The Orange County Chapter of SCI provided its refurbished Sensory Safari Trailer for the SCI Convention this year. The trailer sports exterior paint with bright red lettering and vivid logos of SCI and SCIF.  The inside has a magnificent hardwood floor that would rival the best basketball gyms anywhere.  Elementary kids and convention attendees got to go inside the trailer viewing wildlife from around the world.  Parents and kids got to see and touch a polar bear, wildebeest beast, coyote and other life-like taxidermy wildlife.  There are over two dozen animals that people can see and touch.

The big draw for most kids was touching the mane of the male African lion and placing your hand in the open jaws of the black bear. This Sensory Safari Trailer provides a professional education center on wheels that can go to schools and special community event while assisting in a positive conservation education and message.

This year school kids from 3 different Elementary Schools visited the trailer. They also received hands-on learning directly from the Education Department’s HOW Kits.  The kids were challenged on which wildlife in the HOW kit was a predator versus prey. They also had to determine which skull, skin, scat and track belonged to 4 different species.  Upon successful completion, each student received a Junior Wildlife Detective sticker which they wore proudly on the show floor.  At the end of the field trip, teachers and kids alike learned a lot and thanked the team of wildlife educators for their activities.  All total, over 350 school kids and their chaperones went through the sensory safari program, which otherwise would not have visited the trailer and the show.