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Rayburn — Where the Wild Things Are

Animal caretakers from around the country Wednesday will once again show off their furry/scaly/creepy/crawly charges during the annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums congressional reception.  

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)
(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The AZA’s lobbying visit, which is expected to overrun the Rayburn Cafeteria from 6 to 8 p.m., provides lawmakers and staff the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with exotic species. The featured attractions most likely to be passed around at this year’s shindig include:  

Baby servals


Clouded leopards

Young cheetahs


Chinese alligators

African black-footed penguins

Panamanian golden frogs

Lionhead rabbits

Keel-billed toucans


Dumeril’s ground boas    

Egyptian tortoises

Spectacled owls

Polish chickens

Prehensile-tailed skinks

Sunbeam or rainbow boas, and  

Nine-banded armadillos

Event organizers said Zoo and Aquarium Caucus co-chairmen Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill., and Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., have signed up to get their wild kingdom on, and noted that Rep. José E. Serrano, D-N.Y., is set to be honored at some point during the evening.  

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