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.
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:
African black-footed penguins
Panamanian golden frogs
Dumeril’s ground boas
Sunbeam or rainbow boas, and
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.