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Zoo hosts 'Read Across Oklahoma' event



Unleash the fierce beast within your kids and have them go wild "¦ for reading! From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, the Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 N.E. 50th, will host "Read Across Oklahoma 2008: A Safari Adventure."


Children of all ages can experience a fun-filled, entertaining safari on the zoo grounds, visiting different animal stations while learning exciting, interesting facts about the creatures through the joy and wonder of reading.

Candace Rennels, manager of marketing and public relations, said the event is an attraction that incorporates the love for animals with an educational incentive.


"Literacy is all around us," she said. "You hope that parents read the animal graphics to their kids, teaching them something valuable about the animals that co-exist in our environment, all the while taking something priceless home with them."


More than 800 Oklahoma City preschool students will attend a storytelling seminar in the morning with Oklahoma's first lady, Kim Henry, scheduled for the first read. This part of the safari is not open to the public.

Featuring a diverse animal and plant collection, the zoo promises to "contribute to an understanding and preservation of the Earth's natural resources through positive recreational and educational experiences," according to its Web site.


All safari hunters receive a free souvenir sticker, and the first 1,000 children ages 11 and under will receive a free book, customized to match the age of the child.


The event is free with regular zoo admission. For more information, call 425-0262 or visit their site.


"Joanna Rus


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