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September 17, 2009

Youth sets up Red Wolf Education Center at Knoxville Zoo

Mary Beth Bowman,Youth Volunteer Coordinator at the Knoxville Zoo, complimented Austin Merical,a youth volunteer at the zoo, for his initiative in creating a new visitor experience. He set up his own Education Station in front of the Red Wolf exhibit and uses biofacts, an information card he designed himself, and a laptop computer set up with Wolf Quest, the computer game created by the Minnesota Zoo. Austin is a high school student hoping to pursue a career involving red wolf conservation and public education. The Red Wolf Recovery Program, USFWS, recognizes Knoxville Zoo as one of 42 official captive sites for red wolf conservation.

Austin next to table with skulls and furs on it.
Austin at his Education Station talking to zoo visitors about red wolf conservation.
Photo Credit: Mary Beth Bowman.