Whoo HOO! We celebrate our 20th anniversary of reptile education and herpetological fun this year! And what a great year 2016 has been for us.
We presented a total of 760 educational shows to reach approximately 56,500 people between September 30, 2015 through October 1, 2016. That is a heck of a lot of reptile education goin’ on! Shows were presented at schools, summer camp programs, libraries and all kinds of special events throughout the DC, MD, VA region. More than half our shows were for repeat clients, some of whom have had Reptiles Alive visit every year for 20 years!
We added a new RA staff member this year. Sarah Ritter (SafariSarah) joined our team in April and hit the ground running! Her first shows for us included public events for the National Park Service at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and the DC Department of Parks & Recreation. She proved herself to be flexible, professional, and totally fun – just the qualities RA wildlife educators need to have!
New animals added to our team include an adorable false map turtle and an even more adorable baby spiny softshell turtle.
The false map turtle was found in a Fairfax County, VA park pond – and false map turtles are not native to Fairfax VA. So the senior park naturalist (who happens to be our weekend wildlife educator Tony Bulmer “TuataraTony”) removed the turtle and asked if RA could take him in.
The spiny softshell turtle was found in an abandoned aquarium inside of a car. He was taken to the Wildlife Center of Virginia who determined he is healthy. When they contacted us, we had room as we lost our spiny softshell last year, so we adopted him. He is currently in quarantine, but look for him to star in shows starting in November.
Looking ahead to 2017 we see a sssuper future of even more herpetological fun!
See you later alligators!