Cougar Mountain Zoo creates ‘virtual field trip’ for students around the world

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The 11-acre zoological park in Issaquah is expanding its reach by partnering with popular online tutoring platform Varsity Tutors.

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah is a local nonprofit organization that was founded in 1972, with a primary focus on endangered species and promoting conservation through education.

The 11-acre zoological park in Issaquah is expanding its reach by teaming up with popular online tutoring platform Varsity Tutors for a virtual excursion.

Sasha Hendricks is the curator of education at Cougar Mountain Zoo and said the zoo will feature exotic animals in an effort to educate children about their animals’ unique eating habits.

“Creature Cuisine: what’s on the menu?” will be available for free on Varsity Tutors on Tuesday, May 17 at 4:00 p.m. PT.

The class will explore how animals’ eating habits explain almost everything about how they look, where they live, when they sleep, and what they do.

Brian Galvin is the academic director of Varsity Tutors and said the class has been child-friendly and is a live interactive format so kids can ask questions.

How do reindeer find food in the snow? Why do carnivores have such big teeth? Do all lizards eat the same things? The class will be led by Galvin and Hendricks will be the species expert.

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