Student Activities Board Hosts Petting Zoo 

William Masselli ~ Editor-in-Chief

Photo retrieved from and on April 16, 2022. The University of Lynchburg Student Activities Board advertisement of the Petting Zoo

The University of Lynchburg Student Activities Board (SAB) hosteda petting zoo on April 13, 2022, on the Dell

Jessica Cochrane, public relations officer at SAB, said, “The Petting Zoo event is by far our most popular event on campus. It’s just one of those things that’s easy and fun to participate in.” 

Victoria Garay, a member of SAB, said, “At the petting zoo, there were chickens, bunnies, donkeys, a llama and alpaca, sheep, goats, and the sweetest Aussie Nala. I think everyone enjoyed feeding the llama and alpaca, but really enjoyed holding the fluffy bunnies.”

  Garay talked about the importance of having a petting zoo event on campus. She said, “The petting zoo is a great event for students to relieve their stress. Having this open from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm makes it easy for students to stop in between classes and squeeze in some well needed pets. Animals are a great way to relieve stress because it allows the worries and stresses of the day or week to be pushed away and focus on the cute animal at hand. Also, it is proven that fluffy animals help serotonin and oxytocin levels.” 

“I think it was a great turnout for the event. Having an event for an extended amount of time and having it located at an easy location allows for more students to attend,”said Garay.

Cochrane believes SAB plays an integral role in producing a great college experience for University of Lynchburg students. She said, “Students should participate in SAB events to truly get the most out of their college experience. We put on events for the students and are open to suggestions. There’s never any cost to the students and you’ll walk away happy from SAB’s events.” 

Cochrane wants fellow students to show their support for SAB, stating, “One way students can show their support is to show up and participate in events! I know people don’t like coming out of the comfort of their own homes, but trust me, you won’t regret getting involved in our events. Another way students can show their support is to apply to Buzz Crew. This is a volunteer-based position and volunteers help out with our events.” 

If you are interested in attending more of SAB’s events and learning more about the organization, please email SAB at

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