Kayla Kolberg shows off “Bayleen” an Aldabra tortoise, “Journey” a Dumeril’s boa and “Draiger” an albino tegu lizard on Thursday at her Baroda home. Kolberg, a naturalist at Sarett Nature Center, hopes to start Zoovolution, a wildlife education facility in Southwest Michigan.

BARODA — Even as a 10-year-old, Kayla Kolberg was dreaming of bringing a zoo to Southwest Michigan.

Now, the Baroda native said it’s the right time and has already put four years of planning and thousands of her own dollars to making the dream of Zoovolution a reality.


Kayla Kolberg shows off “Zackey” a six-banded armadillo Thursday at her Baroda home.

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