A small herd of alpacas and a llama will be available for petting on 17th May 2023 outside the Radcliffe Camera.
The petting zoo will be available from 1-4pm, and is part of a Bodleian Libraries wellbeing program to alleviate stress.
Bodleian Libraries have stated that the animals are available to help both students and staff “deal with the increased stress and anxiety of the exam period, as well as encouraging short breaks away from screens.”
The animals are from the organisation Simply Alpaca, who are “experienced” with these types of visits. Trainers will be present to show attendees where the alpacas are comfortable being touched, providing a “safe and up-beat environment” for those involved.
The event is a repeat of one that was held last year, and was called an “overwhelming success”. It is open to anyone with a Bodleian card, including students, academic, Libraries and support staff, and readers. No booking will be required.
Image Description: Picture of an alpaca
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