Rancho Santa Fe Library welcomes Wild Wonders


Rancho Santa Fe was truly where the wild things were on May 7, as Wild Wonders Inc. visited for the afternoon children’s library event.

Kimberly Wright, managing director and programs manager for Wild Wonders, introduced a crowd of children to animals such as an adorable hedgehog, a blue-tongued skink, a binturong (known as the Asian bear cat), a kinkajou, a screaming hairy armadillo, and an alligator.

The alligator has roots in Rancho Santa Fe — it was found in a pond and Wild Wonders was able to rescue it and take care of it. The alligator is probably less than 2 years old, Wright said, and while it is small now, she said it would likely grow to nearly fill the length of the children’s library room.

Wright told the children it was important to learn as much as they could about animals and protecting them.

“Always recycle so we don’t have to cut down as many trees where these animals live,” Wright said.

Karen Billing