We get many requests for programs for younger children, but we cannot do presentations for children under six for several reasons:
Because we are working with wild animals, we need to know that every audience member can follow some basic directions during the program.
There are specific instructions on how to touch animals during the hands-on portions of presentations (some young children have a tendency to pinch or squeeze).
Although our animals are clean and healthy, we aren’t comfortable with the fact that small children often go from touching an animal to putting their hands in their own mouths.
There are moments during every program when we need the audience to be very quiet.
Sometimes animals do funny things that cause audiences to react; we need audiences mature enough that we can quiet them down quickly if necessary.
Some animals make loud noises or other sounds that are scary to young children.
Although the programs are interesting and hold people’s attention well, it’s hard to expect toddlers and preschoolers to sit relatively still, focused and largely quiet for even a 45-minute program.