Wildman Phil Rakoci made a stop at the Douglas Public Library last week where he entertained those taking part in the summer reading program with his exotic animals.

Rakoci, who hails from Casa Grande, offers a variety of entertaining and educational performances for festivals, fairs, schools, corporate events/team building, and private parties.

At his show in Douglas, Wildman Phil displayed a vinegaroon, a tarantula, a gila monster, a couple of different kinds of snakes, a hedge hog, a soft shelled turtle that lives in the water. and at the end, he displayed a five-foot long alligator which many of the students were able to pet once the presentation had ended.

He explained to the standing room only audience where each animal he displayed came from, what kinds of food they like to eat and what some of their defensive traits are.

The event was part of the Douglas Public Library’s Summer Reading Program called “A Universe of Stories”. The program began June 3 and ended July 20 with a party at The Placita on G Avenue which included free hotdogs, water games and prizes. Throughout the summer there were weekly activities and presentations for those who were taking part.

Diana Manquero, one of those in charge of the summer reading program, stated she had 160 participants this summer and the winners of those who read the most books would be announced in the coming weeks.

Those winners will be announced shortly in The Douglas Dispatch.

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