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VIDEO: Zoo Crew Engineering Program Welcomes Gray Fox for First Day of School

Mountain View High School launched year two of its Zoo Crew: Engineers Gone Wild! career technical education pathway on the first day of school with a visit from a gray fox, courtesy of the Nature of Wildworks, a Topanga-based wildlife care center that provides care to non-releasable wild animals.

Over 70 students gathered in the school's media center on Aug. 20 and heard a presentation from Nature of Wildworks representatives while interacting with the gray fox. Students also asked questions about its habitat and enclosures.

The Zoo Crew engineering pathway provides students with an academically rigorous and engaging learning environment in which they have the opportunity to study the health and well-being of animals in zoos, wildlife sanctuaries and in the wild, encouraging their interest in careers in architectural design and engineering fields.

The course challenges students to create engineering-related solutions that integrate environmental sustainability, human need and the welfare of animals.

Year one students, for example, built villas for chinchillas using design software and recently designed a zoo-based panda playground in preparation for year two.