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Zoo news: New animals serve as zoo ambassadors

Hissing cockroaches are new "education animals" at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.

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The newest animals at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo include hissing cockroaches and a Kenyan sand boa.

These can’t be found among the regular exhibits, but are used as education animals that can be taken to remote programs.

Zoo Curator Marge Bowen said the 6-inch long Kenyan sand boa, found in sandy areas of east Africa, may grow to be 1 or 2 feet long. Several children got to hold the orange and brown snake at the zoo’s recent Earth Day event. Put it in a pile of sand, and the snake will burrow underground.

Although it ...

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