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LSC-Montgomery Biology Class Welcomes Rare, Exotic Animals to Campus

Exotic animals in class

Lone Star College-Montgomery students in professor Robert Broadhurt’s environmental biology class got a very special visit from Frenchak Farms Zoological Conservatory (F.F.Z.C.) recently. The highlight of the endangered species lecture was an adorable baby red kangaroo that was cuddled and swaddled by LSC-Montgomery president Dr. Rebecca Riley.

     
Lone Star College-Montgomery students in professor
Robert Broadhurt’s environmental biology class got a very special visit during a recent lecture. Students had the pleasure of observing first hand several endangered or threatened animals thanks to Frenchak Farms Zoological Conservatory (F.F.Z.C.).

F.F.Z.C., located in Madisonville, Texas, is an educational facility with a goal of sustaining the genetic diversity of endangered animals through their cooperative breeding programs. It provides opportunities for both children and adults to learn more about exotic and native wildlife. The conservatory provides live tours at their facility as well as offer interactive educational programs off site. Specializing in rare and endangered species, F.F.Z.C. also specializes in providing forever homes to animals in need.

F.F.Z.C. representatives Jennifer Hamada and Courtney Frenchak brought the animals to dovetail with the endangered species class project the students have been working on. The presentation featured a number of endangered species currently being housed at their facility. Hamada and Frenchak fielded questions from audience members following their presentation.

Just a few of the animal ambassadors that students saw and learned about included the critically endangered red-ruffed lemur, the endangered ring-tailed lemur, and the threatened yellow-spotted Amazon River turtle.

The highlight of the visit was an adorable baby red kangaroo that was cuddled and swaddled by LSC-Montgomery president Dr. Rebecca Riley.

“I am so proud that LSC-Montgomery has faculty who go above and beyond to bring such wonderful resources to our students,” said Dr. Riley. “Nothing sparks learning and imagination like an up-close-and-personal encounter with the very subject they are studying. And although the kangaroo isn’t an endangered animal, he won all our hearts, especially mine.”

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

 


Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion.  Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the nation.  Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.