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Former foster parent builds A.R.K. for kids, community

Great Bend Zookeeper John Zimmerman, second from left, is pictured with members of the A.R.K. program who do volunteer work at the zoo. From left: Chris Reed, Megan Dunn, Payten Levingston and Nate Larkin. Look close and you’ll also see Rhanda, a grivet monkey, watching them from above.

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Around Great Bend, young people have been spotted doing volunteer work and Acts of Random Kindness. In fact, these youths are part of John Zimmerman’s A.R.K. Foundation, a program he created to build character, teach respect and make the world a bit better for everyone.
Five to 10 kids work with him routinely at Brit Spaugh Zoo, where Zimmerman is a zookeeper. On Tuesday, Nate Larkin, Chris Reed and Payten Levingston spent time cleaning animals cages while Megan Dunn worked with Zoo Curator Nicole Benz on raptor rehabilitation.
“We’re waiting on an injured bird that’s ...

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