HILL COUNTRY SAFARI CLUB CONDUCTS SENSORY SAFARI AT TEXAS LIONS CAMP
June 2019,……..Summer campers at Texas Lions Camp were treated to a Sensory Safari conducted by Chapter President, Ed Hitchler; Chapter Treasurer, Rebecca Williamson; Board Member, Jan Strauss, along with chapter members, Mark German and Alec Strauss.
Ken Wilson, chapter member, and owner of Ken Wilson Realty in Kerrville, started the sensory safari at Texas Lions Camp in 1994, and the chapter continues this annual tradition. These dedicated chapter volunteers taught approximately 30 campers and counselors this summer about various wildlife, horn vs. antler distinctions, habitat, and even some nicknames, such as the “grey ghost” of Africa.
Sensory Safari offers a unique opportunity to children and adults. Originally designed for the visually impaired, the Safari Club International safari experience has expanded to include wildlife zoos, natural history museums, libraries, senior citizens and the disabled. In this unique event, knowledgeable leaders describe the animals and their habitats as participants touch, and sometimes hug the displays. Donors have supplied a full-size grizzly bear, Rio Grande turkey, whitetail & mule deer antlers, mountain lion rug, skulls & skins, caribou antlers in velvet, axis antlers, kudu horns, water buffalo horns & skull, as well as shoulder mounts of deer, sheep, goats, hartebeest and many other interesting animals.
Whether stroking the thick fur of a bear or the soft velvet of an antler, or feeling the sharp teeth of a mountain lion, the participants have the opportunity to experience what many people have not.
Texas Lions Camp is a residential camping facility whose primary purpose is to provide, without charge, a camp for physically disabled, hearing/vision impaired, and diabetic children from the State of Texas. Safari Club International’s primary focus is promoting wildlife conservation and hunters’ rights. For more information on these non-profit organizations, and how you can help, visit their websites: www.safariclub.org; www.texashillcountrysci.org; www.lionscamp.com
Both Gillespie County & Kerr County 4H Clubs received donations from the proceeds of our 2018 Fundraiser.
Jackie Dukes, THCC President, presenting Tom Hewitt of Operation Orphans with a donation from the proceeds of our 2018 Fundraiser.
Schreiner University wrote THCC a thank you letter for all their support.
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