Special to the Reporter

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center's Children’s Animal Center is planning to reopen Saturday, Dec. 4.

The CAC has been closed for over seven months. The animals are more than ready to come back home from their extended vacation. Over this time Fossil Rim has given our CAC yard a fresh new look. There is new fencing throughout the CAC, new pens for all of the animals and beautiful landscaping both in the yard and outside.

The center also has constructed seven new free-flight aviaries, including one containing Attwater Prairie Chickens. These aviaries may not be 100 percent completed for this opening, but the center is “so excited to share what we have done with everyone we have decided to go ahead and open anyways,” said Kati Shedd, the CAC's supervisor.

Vinny, the very friendly boer goat is in need of some hugs, Pearl the bear-eyed cockatoo is ready to greet visitors with a cheery “Hello” and the macaws and pot-bellied pigs can’t wait to show off all their new tricks.

The celebration includes face-painting, take-home crafts for the kids, educational animal exhibits and a chance to meet some of the center's “outreach animals,” including some snakes!

For more information, contact the Children's Animal Center at cac@FossilRim.org or 897-2960.