Great Plains Zoo Brings ZooMobile to Henry Elementary School

Great Plains Zoo
Published: March 13, 2017, 11:26 AM

Great Plains Zoo Brings ZooMobile to Henry Elementary School

The Great Plains Zoo will bring its ZooMobile to Henry Elementary School on Tuesday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The ZooMobile visit has been made possible through a gift from the Sammons Financial Group to the Great Plains Zoo. The Sammons Financial Group gift will allow the ZooMobile, one the Zoo’s traveling education vehicles, to reach 96 additional Title I schools in 42 South Dakota school districts by fall 2018.

“Thanks to the generosity of Sammons Financial Group, the Zoo is able to extend its mission of connecting kids with nature and animals,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History. “We’re excited to expand the footprint of the Zoo’s education programs, and spark curiosity about the natural world in thousands of children across South Dakota including those at Henry Elementary School.

ZooMobile programs are 45-minute educational encounters led by a Zoo Educator and several animal ambassadors. The programs give children the opportunity to meet some of the Zoo’s animal collection, which includes more than 1,000 individuals from 137 species. Students learn about animals and their habitats, and have the opportunity to get up-close to the Zoo’s education animals, including a Screech Owl and Bearded Dragon.  All ZooMobile programs meet state and national science standards.

“Sammons Financial Group is thrilled to support an organization that is truly invested in our community and in the lives and futures of our children,” said Jeff Hugunin, 2nd Vice President of Finance at Sammons Financial Group. “We are pleased to partner with the Great Plains Zoo on this important educational outreach program.”

The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit the Zoo online at www.greatzoo.org or call 605-367-7003 for more information about the Zoo and Museum.

About the Great Plains Zoo

The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of our natural world through education, conservation, recreation and discovery. The Great Plains Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) – a leader in wildlife conservation. Less than 10% of animal institutions in the United States have met the high standards for AZA accreditation.

About Sammons Financial Group

Sammons® Financial Group, Inc. (SFG) is the parent of a group of member companies under the insurance Holding Company Act made up of several successful financial services companies offering a variety of financial and retirement products through multiple distribution channels. The member companies of SFG include North American Company for Life and Health Insurance®, Midland National® Life Insurance Company, including its divisions, Sammons® Annuity Group and Sammons® Corporate Markets Group, Sammons Retirement SolutionsSM Inc., and Sammons Financial NetworkSM LLC.