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Kids enjoy yoga fun at Applegate Park Zoo

Two youngsters did stretching exercises at the beginning of the ‘Where The Wild Things Yoga’ session at Applegate Park Zoo on April 27.
Two youngsters did stretching exercises at the beginning of the ‘Where The Wild Things Yoga’ session at Applegate Park Zoo on April 27.

Yoga and animals was a winning combination on Saturday morning for a room full of youngsters at the education center of the Applegate Park Zoo when the zoo and Fearless Yoga teamed up to provide a fun event, “Where the Wilds Things Yoga”.

Included in the two-hour session for 3 to 12-year-olds was a 30-minute yoga class taught by two instructors from Fearless Yoga in Merced — Susan Webb and Hilda Castillo.

During the yoga class, the kids and their family members had fun learning moves based on animal poses.

Some of the animals they emulated were gorilla, camel, frog and eagle.

The young students were serious about doing the poses properly, and also had fun.

At the end of the session, they did a series of movements recalling all of the poses they had learned.

Next, there was a guided tour of the zoo with the zoo keepers to learn about the rescued animals.

Since 1962, many wild animals in need of a safe place to live have found a home at Applegate Park Zoo.  Some were no longer able to survive in their normal habitat.

The children saw native California mammals, birds, and reptiles, most of which came from wildlife rescue centers.

Lastly, the kids enjoyed a stop at the petting zoo to meet a goat, a tortoise and a Kenyan sand boa.

Zoo keeper Sofia Prado, described the event, saying, “It’s a fundraiser to help raise money for enrichment for the animals, like buying them toys.  They like to play with big plastic balls, and also they like plastic barrels they can hide in or find stuff in.”

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