Getting an ed-zoo-cation
If you’ve never taken a drive up I-15 North to Moapa, you may not be familiar with Roos-N-More. The 8-year-old zoo sits on nine acres of land on Snowden Ranch Road and gives visitors a fun and unique two-hour, hands-on experience with trained, wild animals, providing a little ed-zoo-cation.
The small, family-owned zoo has struggled in the past, but with the help of public donations, fundraisers, a newly formed board of directors and a recent facelift, things have begun to turn around.
“Upwards of $50,000 in renovations went into the zoo this summer, including the new gift shop,” shared Steven Bautista, one of the board members.
The purpose of the board is to make sure the zoo maintains its direction and is focused on innovation, proper caregiving of the animals and growing the nonprofit so it further helps with its mission of providing education about the exotic animals.
Additional renovations to the zoo include remodeled cages, which now feature a fence barrier for added safety, and patio umbrellas and a fresh paint job.
“We’re also looking to add a new exhibit for the bigger cats, which will have seating for the visitors, as well as new experiences with the otters and sloths,” added Bautista.
Senior Zookeeper Casey Fox has worked at Roos-N-More for three and a half years and is excited about the recent changes. She also lives on-site and takes pleasure in waking up every morning to a monkey smiling at her.
“I love every animal here and I see each of them as family,” Fox shared.
Fox has designed all of the school programs the zoo offers. She is also moving the zoo toward fulfilling its motto of “hands on ed-zoo-cation.” What does this mean for Roos-N-More?
Fox explained that some of the animals are rescues that came from previous homes where they were attached to their owners and not used to being around other animals, making it hard for them to adapt to life at the zoo.
“We prefer having the type of animals that our guests can easily interact with,” said Fox.
While many animal lovers are already fascinated with the current selection of wildlife—alpacas, lemurs, monkeys and kangaroos, to name a few—and are eager to participate in the carrot-kissing challenge—feeding a camel a carrot from your mouth—Roos-N-More will eventually have more animals that are ideal for hands-on situations.
In addition to the school programs, Roos-N-More has added private tours and special events. Fox said the zoo is committed to sharing these animals with anyone who is interested in learning about them.
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