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Tree House Brings Exotic Animals to Ohio Wesleyan

September 6, 2005

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Ohio Wesleyan University will be brimming with wild and exotic animals on Sept. 26 at 6:45 p.m. in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Rooms (40 Rowland Ave., Delaware).

The Ohio Wildlife Center and the Columbus Zoo will present a program – including wild animals – on the effects global and local environmental changes have on animals. Ohio Wesleyan’s Tree House Small Living Unit sponsors the presentation, with support provided by the Environmental and Wildlife Club. The event is free and open to the public with plans including other environmental and animal related groups to have displays in the Benes Rooms.

"In the past there have been some pretty exotic animals," says Ohio Wesleyan senior Emily Galbraith, a zoology major from Huntingdon, Penn., who has organized the event as her Tree House Service Project. "Last year the zoo brought in a Mountain Lion, it was really wild that we had a Mountain Lion in the Benes Room. Two years ago, they brought an Anteater. These are the people that work with Jack Hanna (Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and TV personality), so they’ve got some really exotic and neat animals they can bring."

This is the third-year that Emily and the Tree House have brought the Ohio Wildlife Center and Columbus Zoo to campus for an event. "Each time we’ve had great crowds turn-out and it has been a fun time," remarks Galbraith on the reason for bringing the animals back for a third year. "It is a great program and allows people to learn a lot about the impact on animals by humans."

The event also very closely ties with Galbraith’s future plans, which include attending graduate school to study behavioral ecology and then studying how animals behave in a certain environment. "I want people to appreciate the animals around us," Galbraith continued. "They are worth fighting for and interacting with."

Since arriving at Ohio Wesleyan, Galbraith has been active with the Tree House, Environmental and Wildlife Club, Mortarboard and serves as Vice President of Phi Sigma, the biological science honorary. In addition, she has been active as a fund-raiser for the Columbus House Rabbit Society. "The Columbus House Rabbit Society is a shelter for unwanted pet rabbits," says Galbraith, who has two pet rabbits claimed through the Society. "They care a lot about unwanted house rabbits and I enjoy helping raise funds for them. It is a nice way to give back."

Sounds like Galbraith will be enjoying many more visits from exotic animals, and enjoying every single one.