In honor of National Wildlife Week, animals have been making many appearances on TV! Check out this hilarious clip from Conan!
Featured are Pugsley, our albino Burmese python, and Gumbo, our American alligator.
(If you look closely enough, you can see our staff members Kim and Jackie!)
Watch Animal Planet’s Dave Salmoni show off amazing animals tonight on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. Our very own new baby Snow Pea Porcupine & rescued baby Alligator Dolce will be
featured among other wild education animals. Tune in tonight for a great Baby Segment!
Today was another busy, fun-filled day here at Zoofari. After our regular feeding and cleaning routine was over we decided it was time to clean the gator ponds. We try to clean them out about once a week to keep our alligators happy.
Here is Cajon’s pond before we cleaned it out:
Look at all the green algae!
He loves playing in the water while we fill his pond!
And finally, look how happy Cajun is in his nice clean pond!
Juli and I did a show in San Diego for a preschool on Wednesday. The kids were adorable and very young. The first program was for toddlers age 12 months to 2 years! I’m not sure if children this young realize how special it is to get to see and touch these animals up close. They did have a great time though! The kids were really well behaved for their age; it was a nice surprise. We brought Sandy the Boa, Timmy the tortoise, Latte the hedgehog, Dulce the alligator, Sleepy the opossum, and Armando the armadillo. I held all the animals while Juli gave a wonderful presentation.
One of Juli’s favorite animals are armadillos. She is so happy to get to work with them and hold them!
Armadillos are difficult to hold. They’re very wiggly, and have sharp nails. You have to hold them by their plates. A lot of our animals don’t stay still, and we have to hold them in one spot long enough to let the kids touch. It’s trickier than it sounds, but we manage to do it without stressing the animals.
Today I went to a show in Chino with Brian, one of our keepers and educators at Wild Wonders. It was a long drive (more than an hour) but it was a fun day. We did one show for a community center. There were about 60 people there, mostly kids, with about 20 parents. The kids were really well behaved. I had fun talking with two cute little girls before the show. I told them we brought an amphibian. They thought that just meant animals that can swim and go on land. I explained that amphibious animals or vehicles go on both land and water. However, Amphibians are a taxonomic group of frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians.
We brought Mika (kinkajou), Baba (ball python), the new argentine horned frog, Cajun (alligator), Misto (hedgehog), and Roly Poly (armadillo). Unfortunately, Howard couldn’t come with us. I held all of them except Mika and Roly Poly, while Brian talked. Check out the video of Roly Poly at the end.
Kinkajous have a prehensile tail. They can use it to hang from a branch if they need to!
The hit of the show was Roly Poly. This little armadillo is so cute and makes a really funny noise when he’s picked up. In the wild this can be used as a defense against predators. Listen carefully to this video!