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Our Humane Education Director adopted Winnie in 2020. Her sweet as can be demeanor and love for kids made her a perfect fit for our education team. A few of her favorite things are tennis balls and neck scratches. Children's faces light up when Winnie enters their classroom. She helps kids learn how to meet a dog properly and even helps some overcome their fears. Winnie is a true ambassador and steals the hearts of everyone she meets.


Perhaps our most intriguing education animal, Paul, is a cloud-like ball of wonder (officially called a Chinchilla). His unique fur and body often bring about many questions, making him a delight to share. Even when the questions have been exhausted, Paul continues to amuse those who meet him with his silly antics and attempts to shoulder surf. This fuzzball has been with our team since 2017 and continues to inspire young minds daily.


It's hard not to picture a wizard when you see Murray in person! It's something about his wild bangs and sweeping mutton chops that give him a magical air. Murray can cast spells on even shy hearts—his calm nature, cute poses, nose wiggles, and love of head pets tend to get everyone he meets to fall in love. Murray has been part of our education team since he was only weeks old. He has grown into his role as an education ambassador flawlessly and thrives off the adoration he receives.

Stevie and Nicks

While this pair of sister guinea pigs might not have the fame that their namesake does, they are still rockstar education team members! The department's humans had Dreams of meeting talkative, goofy, and friendly guinea pigs that could show off what great companions they make, and Stevie and Nicks won over their hearts in a Landslide. Now, these two Don't Stop causing laughter and bringing joy to all that they meet.


Little Pocket fits every word you might use to describe a sweet, old lady—kind, lovable, calm, and most of all, soft. But why would we compare a hamster to a grandma? Well, because she is one! Pocket was surrendered to the Humane Society of Utah with her five babies, one of which went on to have babies of her own. It only seemed fitting that we would keep the oldest and wisest for our education team. Pocket has crossed many little hands and has brought about much curiosity by showing off her fascinating cheek pouches.

Snoop Hoggy Hog

Don't let his prickly appearance or red eyes fool you! Snoop Hoggy Hog is a laid-back hedgehog who thrives on naps and snacks. One of our most popular education animals, Snoop teaches the most about patience, body language, and what it takes to own an exotic animal (even the not-so-fun cleaning up part). Every bit as sweet as he is spiney, Snoop is both pleasant to hold and entertaining to watch.






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