Exotic birds, reptiles will visit each library branch

Exotic birds, reptiles, insects and small mammals will invade each St. Charles Parish Library branch in early July when Schoolhouse Safari visits the parish.

Schoolhouse Safari is a family-run business that was founded in 2017 with the goal of spreading affordable, fun and educational experiences to children and adults of all ages. They provide hands-on structured petting and entertaining presentations that discuss their animal ambassadors in order to encourage awareness of the importance of wildlife conservation and knowledge.

All of the animals that will be brought to the libraries live in the family’s home inside an indoor animal enclosure and are used to being around children.

“Schoolhouse Safari literally brings animals to within arm’s reach,” Leslie Campbell, youth services librarian for the St. Charles Parish Library, said. “Learning about animals will deepen your child’s curiosity for the natural world and will create a deeper connection with all living creatures.

“We hope to see you at this amazing show!”

On July 10, the safari will visit both the Paradis and West Regional libraries, stopping first at Paradis at 2 p.m. before performing at the West Regional Library at 6 p.m.

Schoolhouse Safari will visit the St. Rose Library at 2 p.m. on July 11, followed by a trip to the East Regional Library that begins at 6 p.m. that same day.

The safari will end with trips to the Hahnville and Norco branches on July 12 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.