Young children naturally identify with animals. As we read stories to them, and show programs to them with animal characters, they learn how to empathize for animals. Households with family pets often support teaching children how to be compassionate toward animals. PETA encourages parents to teach their children how to be compassionate toward animals. There is nothing more exciting or more educational than a trip to your local zoo where young children can learn about animals. Seeing a variety up close ignites children’s imaginations and expands the possibilities to the world they are learning about around them. The Association of Zoos & Aquariums has a national directory on its website so that you can locate a zoo in your city.