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Summer Plans for ZooMontana

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BILLINGS, Mont. - ZooMontana offers an opportunity for members of the community to get up close and personal with animals from all over the world.

We talked with  ZooMontana’s Executive Director, Jeff Ewelt about what to expect in the coming months.

"So, we are excited about this new animal that we have secured. This is a Laughing Kookaburra from Australia,” says Ewelt.

The Laughing Kookaburra is a big-beaked bird that is a member of the “Kingfisher” family.

Ewelt goes on to say, “…what's so neat about them is they have this just absolutely incredible laughing sound, and that's where they get the name Laughing Kookaburra. A lot of times if you watch Tarzan, you can here it in the back of a jungle movie.”

The Kookaburra will be displayed in the zoo’s new “Living Wall” and is expected to arrive around the first of June.

The zoo also expects to introduce two young, new Siberian Tigers around the same time frame.

“ZooMontana's tigers are coming along very quickly, and we are very excited. I am happy to say that they are being donated to us by a great organization. It is an Eco-Tourism zoo, down in Florida called the Dade City's Wild Things,” says Ewelt.


Lastly

, Bretz RV & Marine has partnered up with the zoo, allowing each and every 2nd grade class in the Billings area to take a free-of-charge field trip to the zoo throughout the month of May.

Why 2nd graders, you ask?

Dustin Bretz wanted to give Kindergarten and 1st grade classes something to be excited about and look forward to.

"I was able to visit with my partners here at the Dealership, as well as Jeff over there at the zoo, and we really wanted to make a field trip that we can continue doing every year, hopefully,” says Bretz.

By the end of May, nearly 10,000 students will have visited ZooMontana.

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