Once Ernest accumulated 200 volunteer hours at the zoo, he was eligible for animal handling training. The TGW kids who do this will be able to handle animals at the Junior Keeper shows. On Monday he got to handle some of the "Eew" exhibit creatures (all photos from Wikipedia):
blue tongued skink
Skink? SKINK??? As a small child he was obsessed with skinks at the various zoos we visited, so life has come full circle for him.
And here's the Broadway version.