Kevin Richhart brought Richhart’s Mobile Zoo to the
west lawn of the Carnegie Building, and that brought a huge crowd of
kids and their families. It was hard to tell who was having the best
time, the kids or their parents.
The LPL summer reading program this year is called "Paws to Read"
and as the name implies is animal themed. The library will host
several more Thursday morning entertainment events this summer that
go along with animal themed books.
Richhart has been traveling around central Illinois with his petting
zoo for more than 15 years. He does about a dozen events each year.
His appearance annually at the Logan County Fair is always a big
hit, and his tent is always filled with kids. In addition to the
smaller animals he brought to the Lincoln Public Library, he even
has a one humped camel. “The camel is too big to bring to an event
like this,” he said. He also has several kangaroos.
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His mobile zoo is a tightly controlled endeavor with
very close oversight by the United States Department of Agriculture,
which requires Kevin to obtain a license to operate. His animals are
inspected at his farm once a year by the State of Illinois. This is
done by a member of the renowned University of Illinois’
veterinarian school, and Richhart has his own vet do an onsite visit
twice a year. His animals receive excellent care.
The Lincoln Public Library summer reading program is age specific
and includes appropriate reading material for pre-K through
Melissa Oxborrow, youth services librarian, is excited about this
year’s program. The petting zoo was a spectacular kick off for Paws
[By CURT FOX]