The Minnesota Zoomobile traveled Saturday to the Ney Nature Center in rural Henderson, treating a packed house of members and their children to a fun afternoon.

Zoomobile naturalist Christine Ness brought four animals native to Minnesota to the Le Sueur County park facility: a porcupine, a Blanding’s turtle, possum and a bullsnake.

Ness said the Minnesota Zoo has seven full-time employees dedicated to the Zoomobile, which travels to events and learning centers throughout the state. But it was Ness’ first visit to the Ney Center, even though in travels back to her hometown of Pipestone she “passed this place hundreds of times.”

“This is an awesome little jewel and you guys are lucky to have it,” she told Ney Center members and staff in attendance.

The Le Sueur County park’s 446 acres are dedicated as a wildlife preserve, most willed to the county by Ruby Ney in 1990. Nephew Donald Ney donated another 80 acres. A board of directors was officially established in 1995.

Reach Associate General Manager Dana Melius at 507-931-8576 or follow him on Twitter @LNHdanajohn.

Former Regional Managing Editor, Adams Publishing Group--Southern Minnesota/Western Division: St. Peter Herald, Waseca County News, Le Center Leader, Le Sueur News-Herald. Now serving as a freelance reporter.

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