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Zoo’s leopard exhibit gets a lift from JU students

Jacksonville University students represented the University on Martin Luther King Day Jan. 19 by partnering with the Jacksonville Zoo and assisting in the leopard exhibit with zoo staff.

Constructing new terrain and updating the structure was the main goal of the day, as the students dug holes and helped zoo personnel carry and lift the heavy logs that were being used in the new  construction.

The event was led by Beth Lantz, Administrative Assistant for the Service-Learning Center, with enthusiasm and help from Dr. Colleen Wilson, associate professor in the School of Education; Lucas Meers ’12; Dan Dembiec, Supervisor of Mammals; and Tirzah Nichols, Mammal Keeper, the latter three from the Jacksonville Zoo.

JU students involved were Hannah Patrick, Brook Stocker, Salsabeel Alsultan, Natasha Owens, Jacob Luten, Jasmine Byard, April Lantz, Autumn Shaw, Sarah Pamplin, Randi Harris and Kaileanna Marino-Kohnen.

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