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Placerita hosts live animal show

The nature center invites residents to up-close-and-personal look

Posted: December 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Docent and naturalist Roger McClure displays an American Kestral, a small falcon, as Canyon Country residents Cannon Wade, 10 months, mom, Catie, and sister Olive, 2, get a close-up look during the Live Animal Show held at Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Saturday.

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Owls, snakes, turtles and other critters awed dozens of visitors at Placerita Canyon Nature Center’s “Native Live Animal Presentation” on Saturday in Newhall.

The free, weekly Saturday event features park animal handlers showing off a handful of live animals to guests inside of the center’s museum.

The animals on display included a great horned owl, a 30-year-old gopher snake, a fresh-water turtle, a tarantula and more.

“It really varies,” said Christopher Mowry, the park’s recreation services supervisor. “We’ll usually bring out five or six animals during the show.”

Sue Hoetger, visiting from Michigan for the Thanksgiving holiday, enjoyed watching her young granddaughters viewing the animals.

“We’ve been here multiple times,” said Hoetger’s daughter-in-law, Janah. “They really enjoy the critter display.”
Animal handler and volunteer naturalist Roger McClure presented most of the animals.

“You can get up close and personal and ask questions,” McClure said.

For families looking for the up-close-and-personal experience, the nature center offers a guided family nature walk at 11 a.m. before each live animal show.

Next weekend, however, the animal show will give way to the Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m.

It is a fundraising event for the Placerita Canyon Nature Center Associates, a non-profit organization which helps fund animal maintenance.

Visitors will be able to decorate an array of holiday wreaths, centerpieces, candles and ornaments with help from a professional florist who will guide the craft-making. The charge for most crafts is $2, and wreaths start at $14, according to park officials.

For more information, visit or call 661-259-7721.



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