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Globalfest swings through Cameron Park Zoo

April 14, 1997

Elizabeth Case

Lariat Reporter

Environmental awareness and cultural diversity were celebrated Saturday at Cameron Park Zoo's third annual Globalfest.

Karate demonstrations, puppet shows, cultural dance performances and venomous snake presentations taught visitors about global diversity during the Earth Day celebration.

A twentieth century griot entertained and educated visitors about African tribal traditions and warfare.

A griot is an African born in America, who continues the oral tradition of African history using folktales, praise singing and African drumming,

There were also performances by the Native American Student Association, International Folk Dancers, and Folklorico Juvenil de Waco.

'This is our third year of hosting this event, and we feel that Globalfest is a natural tie-in with the zoo,' Larry Groth, Zoo Director, said. 'April is zoo and aquarium month, and through this event, we can bring attention to the diversity of the world's cultures and how they tie-in with animals. Globalfest is about conservation and what is being done and what needs to be done globally.'

Globalfest had previously been held at McLennan Community College and Indian Springs Park.

Anne Gustafson, education curator, said that the event is worthwhile if a child learns the importance of something as simple as turning off the faucet while they brush their teeth. 'We are out here teaching environmental education every day,' Gustafson said. 'This is one day that we can bring people out to learn about the environment.'

Cameron Park Zoo is always looking for volunteers and interns. Students that are interested in working with children and animals should contact Anne Gustafson at 750-8400.

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