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Marshfield students get hands on experience with exotic animals

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -

Students in Marshfield stepped out of the classroom on Tuesday and into a different kind of learning environment.

It's all a part of the Spring Education Week at the Wildwood Zoo.

More than 100 students had the chance to get up close and personal with the exotic animals.

The student's reaction to everything from lizards and exotic birds was certainly something to witness.

The hands on demonstrations were hosted by Nature's Niche Exotic Animal Rescue.

Animal handlers spoke about the wildlife's habitats, natural environments and the critters diets.

Organizers tell Newsline 9 that they typically see about 500 students per day, and about 2,500 total students throughout the week.

"It's about educating them, letting them get a hands on approach to the animals as well as learning a little bit about the natural history," said Dino Tlachac, Animal Handler for Nature's Niche Exotic Animal Rescue.

Live animal demonstrations are scheduled for five different times throughout the day.

The event is offered for free to the local area schools, and is taking place through Thursday May, 3rd.

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