Sea World at the Capitol

This seven year old kangaroo hopped around the Senate Chamber.

It was a zoo at the Capitol this afternoon.

Sea World was on the north side displaying amphibians, reptiles, and small animals. And a few of the animals went inside the Capitol building to pay a visit to the lawmakers and staff.

It was a touchy-feelly experience for those who stopped by.

Their visit is educational so that folks can experience and see what Sea World does for wildlife conservation and animal care.

The visit was a partnership with Conservation Ambassadors’ program "Zoo to You."

Here are some freeze moments from today:

Pete and Penny the penguins strutted around like they owned the place.

They let folks pet their soft backs.

David Jackson, Director of Conservation Ambassadors, carries the kangaroo out of the Senate Chamber.

A young girl approached the kangaroo for a touch.

An African Porcupine had everyone’s attention.

A four year old alligator that is now small will grow to a much larger size.

A little boy studies its face.

A Bearded Dragon.

A cockroach is touched.

A three-banded armadillo walks in front of a child.

Rolling into a ball is how the armadillo protects its self.

A sugar glider sits in its keeper’s hand.

A millipede draws attention.

During their travels, Sea World is getting the word out about a new attraction called Turtle Reef.
According to a spokesperson,"the focal point of Turtle Reef will be a nearly 300,000-gallon aquarium featuring adult Hawksbill and green sea turtles — some more than 50 years old — as well as younger green sea turtles that hatched at SeaWorld in 2009."

To learn more about Sea World’s Conservation program, click HERE.

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May 12, 2011 | 9:27 PM

Great pictures and a wonderful story!!!

May 12, 2011 | 9:57 PM

I love that kangaroo!

May 13, 2011 | 10:38 AM

Great Job, Kati!

May 17, 2011 | 10:50 AM

I’m in the background of the photo with the little girl and the kangaroo! Sometimes working in the Capitol has it’s perks…

May 17, 2011 | 4:16 PM

Great pictures, Kati! Too mad they couldn’t bring the turtles with them, too!

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