Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Day coming to Pinehurst May 19

Published 9:25 am Tuesday, May 15, 2018

To The Leader


Want to feed giant tortoises?


How about see rare and exotic birds, mammals and reptiles from around the world?

Visitors to Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Day will have that opportunity and more as the Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center presents a unique opportunity to see 30 of its many species and learn about wildlife conservation.

From 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Sat. May 19 at West Park on West Park Ave. in Pinehurst (near Robert’s Meat Market) this free event will offer an opportunity for kids and kids at heart to get a unique look at wildlife conservation.

“The theme of the day is wildlife conservation. We will have numerous exhibitors from around the state with displays and information themed about taking care of our wildlife resources and a special challenge for the kids who come,” said Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center founder Chester Moore.

“Each kid that comes in will get a card and they have to go by the different tables and fulfill the conservation tasks on the cad. Each kid that completes it will get a small prize and be put into a drawing for a special wildlife encounter day at our facility for them and their close family.”

There will be one table set up to see rare and unusual Africa wildlife species. Another will feature Australian animals and yet another from the Americas.

“It will be a chance to see what we have going on at our facility in Pinehurst and also how we use the animals to reach hurting children,” Moore said.

His wife and co-founder Lisa Moore said their nonprofit in 2017 alone visited with more than 5,000 kids and just completed its 60th “Wild Wish”.

Wild Wishes is their program that grants exotic animal encounters to children who have a terminal illness or have lost a parent or sibling.

“Encounters with these amazing animals do something special for the children. It breaks through emotional barriers and allows to bring them a powerful Christ-centered message of hope. We have dedicated our life to this cause and Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Day will be a celebration of that,” she said.

Numerous organizations including Shangri-La Botanical Gardens, Texas Master Naturalists, World Wildlife Journalists, Bears Etc. (not bringing bears-just providing info) and Texas Parks & Wildlife will be on hand.

“There is no other event in our area like this one and we can’t wait to visit everyone. It’s a unique chance to see how wildlife can help hurting children and we all can help be better wildlife stewards. Plus, it’s going to be fun,” Lisa Moore said.

“I mean who wouldn’t want to come hand feed our tortoises and meet our beautiful lorkieets or see Siberian chipmunks or meet a kinkajou? It’s going to be a fun, exciting day for everyone.”

For more information go to Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center on Facebook.