Breakfast with rhinos and zebras

By WEEK Producer

August 5, 2012 Updated Aug 6, 2012 at 8:45 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Area families took a walk, and had a meal, on the wild side this morning.

Sunday, Peoria Zoo directors hosted "Breakfast at the Zoo," an event to help educate children on the animals and how the hot-weather dwellers came to the Africa exhibit.

First, the families watched the two rhinos at three zebras graze on the zoo grounds.Then, they went indoors for their own breakfast during a slide show presentation.

"Most of the animals that are in the Africa area here at the Peoria Zoo came from other zoos and a lot of people don't realize that," says Assistant Education Curator Julie Brunton. "So there is a lot of transporting back and forth between zoos as we end up loaning and sharing animals through the zoo community."

The Peoria Zoo has been hosting breakfasts with African animals all summer.

They will have another breakfast in September.

Admission is $7.50 for zoo members and $15.00 for non-members.

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