Meet the animals
There are lots of new animal friends to meet, touch and care for at
Little Explorers Nature Center Preschool. Animals are a great deal of
fun for children. It is something new to get excited about. There is also
a great deal we can learn about animals: how they change, what they eat,
how they protect themselves or how they communicate. Animals provide many
sensory stimulations like touch (furry, soft, slippery, and cold) or sound
(the croak of a frog or the ba of a sheep). In addition to the class lessons
about the animals, children will also get some special time helping to
care for these wonderful animals. It's going to be an experience that
they will remember for a long time.
So... let’s take a quick peak at some of the animals at Little Explorers
Nature Center Preschool!
Chavez is our biggest animal at Little Explorers and stands about 15 1/2
hands tall (a hand is about 4 inches). Chavez is a registered paint and
is part quarter horse and part thoroughbred. He is a very gentle horse
and loves to visit with children.
is our beautiful palomino horse. Smaller than Chavez, she stands about
14 hands tall. We hope that Vienna might some day bring us a new foal.
and Banana Muffin are our 2 fluffy Little Explorers Llama's. They come
to us from the Grand Harvest herd in Mt. Horeb. Macy (spotted) and Banana
Muffin (brown) are both Llama minis and are slightly smaller than regular
Llama's but bigger than alpaca's. As friendly as they are furry, our two
Llama's are both female and may also bear babies in the next few years.
and Flopsy are our Holland Lop bunnies. Both are female and only about
3 months old (as of Dec 2007). These bunnies are super soft and snuggly
and are wonderful to hold and pet.
Some other outside animals that will soon be coming to little Explorers
Classroom Observable Animal Habitats.
and Spice are our 2 sugar gliders that take up residence in a habitat
in our Rainforest Classroom (4's). Sugar and spice are a boy/girl pair
that comes to us from a breeder in Austin Texas and we hope will eventually
breed to create a family of sugar gliders. Sugar gliders can actually
fly through the air so we built them an 11'x8' habitat to give them lots
of space to fly and swing.
is our box turtle that lives in an aquarium in the Wetlands classroom
(Toddlers). Jaba doesn't move real fast but is very colorful turtle and
loves basking on his heated rock.
is our pretty blue beta fish. She lives in a mirage in the Sahara classroom
Other classroom animals coming to Little Explorers Include:
Dart frogs (non-poisonous)
And many more to come!
***All interaction is highly supervised and safety will be always our
foremost concern. All animals at the facility are docile and gentle. We
have a great deal of fun interacting with the animals but only in a completely
We will add more animals to this page as we confirm their attendance
at Little Explorers Learning Center.