Big Changes Coming to Reptiles Alive LLC
In May 2020, I am giving ownership of Reptiles Alive LLC to my longtime employee Rachel Walker. This is not an easy decision, as you can imagine, however, I am embarking on an exciting adventure starting a new business: Kids Nature Shows LLC.
My whole life I have loved animals, especially snakes. I have also been passionate about sharing my excitement about reptiles and the natural world with as many people as possible. I created Reptiles Alive LLC over 25 years ago (starting as “The Reptile Lady”) because presenting educational animal shows promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures is my calling. Let me just say, there is not much else that brings me more joy than performing shows in front of live audiences, especially young audiences. Hearing people tell me after seeing one of my shows that they now like (or even love) animals they used to fear is an extra happy bonus.
But I’m not quitting performing educational shows. I am, however, making a slight change in the format of my programs. Instead of using live animals, Kids Nature Shows LLC will have a cast of colorful animal puppets.
Why puppets instead of live animals? A few years ago, I started incorporating a few animal puppets into my Reptiles Alive shows. After the show, more often than not, kids would ask me to bring back out the puppet Tommy the tadpole and do his bit again. Or, I would ask the kids, what was your favorite animal? And instead of hearing the boa or the turtle, students would say “Oh, I loved Tommy (the puppet) best!” This feedback started my gears turning….
Another reason I am switching to animal puppets is due to changing regulations and restrictions concerning live animal programs. Some of the schools and other facilities we performed at were no longer allowing live animals, so I started offering them a show with just puppets and other natural artifacts and the shows were super successful. More gears turning…
And the biggest reason I am switching to animal puppets? Because they are SO MUCH FUN! Seriously, these puppets have personality. (And they are much easier to care for than real live animals.) And young audiences LOVE the animal puppets! My shows have always been fun and now, oh boy, I can really go to town doing the animal voices and stories, that if you’ve seen me, you know I love to tell. Also, I can have ANY KIND of animal now! Shark? Sure, no problem. Bumblebee that won’t sting? You got it! I now have the flexibility to offer so many more themes and topics in my shows. I can’t express just how excited I am about this new phase in my career.
From now until May 2020, I will still be the owner of Reptiles Alive LLC and will be the sole employee. Rachel will be taking personal leave from November through May and the other RA employees have moved on. Some of you may have noticed we are not currently taking bookings for evening or weekend shows and this is because in addition to performing all the shows until May, I am also the only animal keeper and office worker. I am basically doing three jobs and need to be sure I still have some time for myself too!
I am giving Reptiles Alive LLC to Rachel because she has demonstrated that she not only loves and respects animals as much as I do, but she has also shown me how much she loves Reptiles Alive LLC itself. I know she will care for the animals in the same way that I do. I know she will be a fun and engaging wildlife educator. And I know she will continue my mission of educating people about snakes and reptiles and promoting kindness and compassion towards all creatures. I wouldn’t trust or want RA to go to anybody else.
I invite you to book with my new business Kids Nature Shows LLC and find out for yourself just how much kids love my animal puppet shows. These shows are perfect for preschools, kindergartens, day care centers, or any event or venue that caters to young children. I am in the process of producing a variety of new shows for KNS. Check out my currently offered shows at the animal puppet shows list.
Request a Kids Nature Shows booking from our online booking form.
My last RA show is on April 30, 2020. After then, Rachel will be the owner/operator and I know Reptiles Alive LLC will continue to be a wild successssssssssssss!
Reptiles Alive LLC and Kids Nature Shows LLC