The Central Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts held its annual Tiger Cub Safari Day at the Birmingham Zoo on October 7, 2013, and the Alabama Chapter of SCI was on hand with a sensory safari display.
Chapter members Carol and Rick Clark, Bubba Dees, Jonathan Lehr, and John and Diann Chitwood greeted hundreds of Scouts and their families and invited them to touch an elephant’s foot and tail, stroke the fur of fox and bobcat, howl with the coyote, and feel the skins of many African species; introduced them to new animals like the suni, duiker, and steinbuck; and watched the kids and adults marvel at the skulls of lion, baboon, javelina, and jackal, the leg of an ostrich, and the vertebrae and leg bone of a giraffe. Thanks to the Lion King movie, many were excited to correctly identify the hyena and “Pumbaa,” the warthog. The crowd favorites seemed to be the alligator head, which produced a lot of photos of kids with their arms in the gator’s mouth, and the pair of zebra hooves.
Several of the Boy Scout officials came to thank us and said that once again we were the hit of the event, but it was we who thanked them for the opportunity to be a part of their day. Our members had as much fun as the Scouts!