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The shelves at Keene Memorial Library certainly hold stories of faraway places, and the exotic creatures that inhabit those environments.

While local residents usually have to rely on delving into a book to be transported to places where lions, tigers, snakes and other foreign furry animals reside, in a few weeks some of those exotic creatures will jump from the page into reality.

In a few weeks, Keene will host four presentations by Wildlife Encounters that will feature a variety of exotic animals for area residents to enjoy.

The presentations will be held on June 25 as part of the library’s Special Program Mondays and will include shows beginning at 10 a.m. Presentations will continue at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and will conclude with the last presentation beginning at 3 p.m.

Each presentation will last around 45 minutes to an hour and attendees will get the chance to get up close and personal with a few different exotic animals. During each presentation, animal ambassadors from Wildlife Encounters also will discuss animal adaptations, history, geography and interesting facts about each animal.

During their visit in 2018, Wildlife Encounters brought a 6-foot-long boa constrictor, a baby alligator, chinchilla, glass lizard, hedgehog and a Patagonian cavy to Keene.

“It’s always a surprise what animals they will bring,” Laura England Biggs, Librarian II, said. “The one animal they always seem to bring is a hedgehog, because it’s my favorite.

“They also usually bring a snake, because they know it will scare me.”

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Those interested in attending a Wildlife Encounters presentation are required to register for the event. Registration can be made online at

According to England Biggs, each of the four presentations currently still has around 50 open spots available. 

Along with doing presentations like the four planned for Keene on the 25th, Wildlife Encounters offers “a home for animals who have been abused, abandoned, confiscated” or whose owners are unable to care for them, the non-profit’s website states.

Wildlife Encounters is based in Gretna and does presentations in all 48 continental states throughout the year. 

More information about Wildlife Encounters can be found on the organization's website



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