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Our Center was developed as a resource to our community, and we depend on our community to help us as well. Although FPWC is a wildlife center, it's important that we communicate to our friends, family, supporters, and our community what it is that benefits them!
Our MISSION STATEMENT is:
"To connect people to the natural world through creating experiences that engage our guests, provide innovative educational opportunities, and instill a passion in the next generation as stewards for our future. We want to inspire our guests to love, engage with, and to protect animals and their habitats in the wild. Through this we will continue our fight for conservation.
Creating experiences that engage our guests: Unlike a traditional zoo where animals are either far away, our animals are viewed up-close and personal. We want our community to not only love us, but to love the animals that call Fragile Planet their home as well.
Provide innovative educational opportunities: Chalk boards don't exist in our educational platform! We're the real deal! Our educational opportunities are interactive, personal, and provide for a better understanding of the animals. You'll never know just how wiry a sloth's hair is until you pet it, or how smooth a snake it until you hold it, or how long an anteater's tongue is until you see it eat! We provide the first-hand experience that you've likely never encountered before!
Instill a passion in the next generation: Through providing educational outreach to schools, libraries, and during community events, Fragile Planet Wildlife Center works hard to win the hearts of our students - regardless of age! Our school and library programs are personal, touching, moving, and also engaging. Students get to hear stories, learn amazing animal facts, get to know our animal ambassadors, and understand the importance of preserving our environments for years to come. Community-related booths will introduce you, free of charge, to some of our animal ambassadors where learning about their adaptations will leave you wanting to know even more! We'll dive into discussions about preserving our habitats, as the Rio Grande Valley is home to one of North America's most endangered species - THE OCELOT!
Fragile Planet Wildlife Center also engages with other aspects of the community, though maybe not directly related to our guests:
United States Fish and Wildlife: Fragile Planet works with the USFW in an effort to provide housing, and in some cases, a permanent home to wildlife that fall victim to smuggling.
Law Enforcement and Public Health: We work with local law enforcement agencies, and the health departments as the need arises. Fragile Planet has conducted educational programming for the Texas Environmental Health Association where information is disseminated among biologists, animal control, nurses, doctors, and many others. We will answer the call when we are needed in an effort to keep not only our human friends safe in the community, but our animal friends as well.
Wildlife Rescue: Sometimes the organization is contacted by government officials to assist with the re-homing and rescue of animals that have been abused, neglected, or otherwise placed in a traumatic or dangerous situation.
...the list of our efforts could go on and on. We invite you to contact us, ask us questions, and get answers! We look forward, as always, to working with our community!