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AZA trek starts today; verdict expected Saturday

The Raptor Center at Great Bend’s Brit Spaugh Zoo is a great place to learn about birds of prey. This display explains that a raptor’s beak is razor sharp, which allows it to cut through tough skin. Bird beaks are made of keratin – the same stuff that human fingernails and hair are made of.

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Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory will head to Arizona today, where he and other Great Bend officials will meet with the board of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. On Saturday afternoon, they’ll learn if the zoo has gained the AZA accreditation it has been working toward.
Whether the zoo earns the coveted accreditation on this first attempt or not, working toward the goal for several years has improved the zoo, Gregory said. Some changes have been made, such as moving the bobcats to a zoo in another state because their exhibit area didn’t include a winter ...


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