The zoo is about to come out with a roar," said Terry Maple, a former director of the Atlanta Fulton County Zoo and a consultant hired by the Micke Grove Zoological Society. "I think you're going to see some very exciting things happening."
The Zoo Mobile van brings to schools snakes, tortoises, a new hedgehog and other animals as part of Micke Grove's education program.
The program isn't new, but it is changing, said officials with a nonprofit organization supporting the zoo, which is owned and operated by San Joaquin County.
The flashy van is indicative of change happening, and more is on the way.
The van's role is at least twofold. It brings the zoo out in the community and is a rolling billboard promoting Micke Grove. The van has made appearances at home games of the Stockton Ports, and it is more noticeable than the nondescript truck that used to ferry the animals to classrooms.