Hoo Haven hosted their 15th annual open house, Sunday

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DURAND, Ill. (WTVO) — Hoo Haven opened their doors to let residents get a peak at their wildlife.

They held their 15th annual open house Sunday.

The reason for the open house is to create more family friendly events to help educate the public of wildlife in Northern Illinois.

Hoo Haven holds about 150 to 200 educational programs a year featuring two to three birds of prey for visitors.

They say holding so many programs helps inspire kids who have a love for animals to return and learn more of what they could find in their backyard.

“Being able to come to Hoo Haven it did make me who I am today,” said Hoo Haven’s Director of Public Relations, Donnie Szyzyk. “So when I see young kids I really push for them if they really love the wildlife or if they really love the animals to build their dreams and do what they want with animals and every year I see a return of kids who really enjoyed the tour.”

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