Animal Tales

An Animal Tales presentation introduces the young learner to animal life through a shared story and a hands-on encounter with one of our Animal Ambassadors.

First, our talented educators will read an age-appropriate animal-themed picture book. Then, children will learn facts about an animal featured in the story and interact with a live version of that animal. Children are permitted to touch the animal whenever it is safe and appropriate. Recommended for preschool and early elementary ages, this program is perfect for early childhood centers, daycare facilities, and academic preschools.

Why you'll love Animal Tales:

· Provides a balance of language arts, science inquiry and social interaction
· Inclusion of both focused and fascinated attention activities helps lengthen youthful attention spans · Storytelling provides opportunity to practice active listening skills
· Early exposure to novelty builds confidence and critical thinking skills
· Select your animal visitor*:
  - Chicken
  - Parrot
  - Snake 
  - Rabbit
  - Tortoise
  - Armadillo
  - Hedgehog
  - Lizard
  - Guinea Pig
*Additional animal selections including sloth, wallaby, opossum, toad and many more are available exclusively to multi-visit package clients.

Fees and Information:

  • Duration: 20 - 30 minutes
  • Maximum participation: 25 students per session
  • Number of animals: 1 animal and a story
  • Program Fee: $45 for the first presentation, $35 for each additional, consecutive session at the same site. Travel fees apply for all locations outside of Greater Lafayette. Book a 6+ visit package and receive a discount!

Contact the Education Department to Book:


  • Phone: (765) 807-1540 
  • Email: zooeducation@lafayette.in.gov
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