(WTNH)– Founder & Director Chris Evers and Animal Care & Education Specialist Jenn Torres and James DiGiuseppi from Animal Embassy LLC show us some live, exotic Animal Ambassadors from around the globe.
Through outreach programming, Animal Embassy brings the natural world to schools (from pre-school through college), libraries, summer camps, town parks & recreation departments, senior centers and community events and children’s birthday parties.
An important part of our educational programming is to help families and individuals to make proper pet choices. For example, more than a lifetime commitment must be made when making a Sulcata Tortoise a family pet as the lifespan is 50-150 years.
Animal Embassy’s Animal Ambassadors play a vital role in our educational programming by enhancing the
presentation of a range of topics including diversity, biodiversity, habitats, conservation, and more. Program offerings enable people of all ages to connect with the natural world through live animal visits, wildlife artifacts, digital slide presentations and interactive experiences.
As a wildlife photographer, Chris Evers has traveled extensively in the United States, Africa, India, and Central America to photograph some of the most critically endangered animals. Many of these images complement our educational programming and are also on sale at Designs By Lee in Stamford, CT.
Inca, the Spectacled Owl:
Children, and adults, are fascinated by her beauty and enjoy learning about her native habitat of Mexico, Central America and parts of South America, including Peru.
Spectacled owls are primarily nocturnal but will also hunt during the day. Some owls are strictly diurnal (active during the day), or crepuscular, hunting both at dawn and dusk. Spectacled owls have specially adapted eyesight to help them see well at night.
Like all raptors, which include hawks, eagles, falcons, ospreys and owls, Spectacled owls have substantial talons. These talons are lethal weapons and effective hunting tools.
Inca has spectacular features which help Animal Embassy educators to teach about animal adaptations and how these adaptations help animals to survive in their particular habitats.
Sully, the African Sulcata Tortoise:
The Sulcata Tortoise inhabits the southern edge of the Sahara desert, in northern Africa. Its lifespan of this species is 50-150 years, and can weigh 100-200 pounds.
Chile & Santiago, the South American Chinchillas:
Chinchillas are native to the Andes mountains in South America. Their population in the wild has declined drastically due to human activities, such as hunting.
For more information, go to http://www.animalembassy.com.