Zoo to celebrate World Veterinary Day

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) – The Springfield Park District will celebrate veterinary science and local animal care facilities with the annual Dr. Dolittle Day event.

On Sunday, people are invited to come and learn what Henson Robinson Zoo employees do to care for the animals. The zoo will open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the event.

Officials said Dr. Dolittle Day is a zoo celebration that coincides with World Veterinary Day, which is a global event to highlight and celebrate the various elements of veterinary work.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet local veterinarians, zookeepers and members of other animal-related fields at interactive stations. Some of the stations that guests can participate in are how to groom, preventive care for pets, proper grooming for them, nutrition and more. There will also be demonstrations of animal enrichment and training. Plus, kids can bring their favorite stuffed animal to the zoo’s Stuffie Animal Clinic for an examination.

The zoo will be closed on Sunday morning to prepare for the event.

Reduced admission fees to enter the Henson Robinson Zoo are $6 for adults (13-61), $3 for children (3-12) and seniors. 2 years and under, enter for free.

For further information, click HERE or call the zoo at (217) 585-1821.