‘A people person who loves animals’

KITTY’S COCKTAIL—Mara Rodriguez feeds Karma, a tiger at America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College. MICHAEL COONS/Acorn NewspapersIt’s mostly empty at America’s Teaching Zoo on a recent morning, but as Mara Rodriguez walks along the dirt paths of the 5-acre facility at Moorpark College, she is far from alone.
She stops at each enclosure and takes time to watch the animals, speaking to them as if they were old friends—because many are.
Her eyes brighten and her smile widens as she lists the anima...

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