Here's a video on how Animal Wonders came to be!
They're here!!! Our 2015 Calendar fundraiser has begun and the calendars are beautiful. Our photographer Ryan Hellegaard got "Up-Close and Personal" with the animals this year and captured some intimate photos of the animals just being themselves. Order yours today and help support the care of the amazing animal ambassadors.
They are available in our Animal Shop for $20. Be sure to choose if you'd like to pick it up at the Montana Natural History Center in Missoula, MT or if you'd like it shipped to your location for $5.
Thank you for supporting Animal Wonders!
Rook the Raven came to Animal Wonders in July 2014 with a broken wing that had already mended malformed in the wild. He was brought to Wild Skies Raptor Center after being found emaciated on the forest floor and unable to fly away. Wild Skies rehabilitated him and determined he was non-releasable and contacted Animal Wonders in hopes that he could become an education bird and join our Animal Ambassador team.
We've been working with Rook for several months to accept human interaction. Since he is wild born he does not take to humans readily so it has been a slow process gaining his trust. He is starting to tolerate our close proximity, taking food from our hands, and even perching on a gloved hand. We're working toward him tolerating being in front of an audience for educational presentations.
This little lady is a Southern Three-Banded Armadillo. She was adopted from an armadillo rescue who took her in when she was relinquished from the people who purchased her as a mascot for the Soccer World Cup. She is young and is already a great Ambassador showing off her absolutely amazing adaptations.
We are so excited to announce that we are launching a new online education channel in May 2014!! Animal Wonders has partnered with the amazing Hank Green to produce an ongoing series of educational videos that will cover everything animal! From learning about our animal residents, to tips on pet care, exciting new discoveries, training and behavior, and much more! This is a re-launch of our current channel with a new videographer and editor and exciting new content.
This new venture will enable us to reach thousands more with our educational programs and the best part about it is that it's free for everyone! If you would like to join us on his amazing adventure into wildlife and life science education please visit this link www.youtube.com/user/anmlwndrs and subscribe to our YouTube channel. It's free and you will get notified when new episodes air.
I love what I do! Sure, it's really hard some days when it's impossible to do everything that I want to (or need to), but then there's those days when we do something that is just amazing. I'm filled with an incredible satisfaction with the work that I'm doing each day to care for displaced animals and encourage interest and educate about science and nature. We create a fun environment to maximize the positive feeling associated with learning about science. It's hardly possible to get bored when a real live animal is right in front of you!
This weekend we did Animal Wonders' first Holiday event. In a series of interesting events the most wonderful thing played out. Our intern, Brooke, became interested in helping to create fundraising events to help the animals and the educational programs. She came up with an idea to take Santa Photos with an animal... why haven't I thought of this before!? It turns out her dad is basically Santa Clause and her mother is Mrs. Clause. Seriously. So the fun began and everything fell into place perfectly.
Ok, so I love Christmas. No, I love the Holiday season. I say it that way because I think it's mostly about the warm color scheme, awesome mood lighting, snow and icicles, giving gifts, and everyone seems to greet each other with more warmth and kindness than other times of the year. And it's not just Christmas that I love, it's everything from Halloween to the end of the year. I also like warm clothes and in Montana the winter is just getting going and warm clothes still feel novel.
Alright, the scene is set. I'm happy, Augusto is happy, everyone's happy, Santa is in the building, and animals are eager to get out and interact with the people. The first few kids venture in and see Santa in his fluffy red suit greeting them with a hearty "Ho Ho Ho!". As they walk up to Santa I feel like I'm watching a movie. I guess I never really got to do the whole Santa thing when I was a kid so this was kinda my first. I watched as they became serious when Santa was evaluating their behavior on his naughty and nice list. Their pure joy when they found out they were "nice". Then it was my turn, I got to introduce the kids, who were filled with so much joy, to the animals. Their eyes were big and I could see them start observing, inquiring, and discovering. Right there I was hit over the head, like a silent moment in chaos, that I love what I do.
Now, pair all this perfection with a very skilled photographer, Ryan Hellegaard, and you get priceless moments in time captured, like this one.
I love this picture.
So bring on the overwhelming days. Bring on the difficulties we face every single day. Because I wouldn't trade moments like this for an easier life any day. This might not seem like an important moment to some, but this is just one moment of many for Allisa, the girl in the photo. Her interest in animals brought her to this event and the joy she found here will stay with her. If we can continue to engage her interest in animals, then we can expand on that interest and create curiosity about the environments in which the animals survive. Environment associates to adaptation, associates to diversity, associates to biology, associates to chemistry, associates to physics. We can teach observation, inquiry, discovery, theory. This moment could be the beginning of a lifelong interest in science.
We are so excited to bring you this fun and creative cookbook! Designed for the aspiring cook who wants to enjoy learning recipes. Each recipe has been inspired by one of the Animal Wonders animal ambassadors and include fun facts for that species and individual animal. Recipes include drinks, appetizers, entrees, and desserts.
We hope you have fun cooking and creating!
$25 per cookbook. Contact Us to purchase your book. All proceeds from sales go directly to the animals.
So we got some paper and some paint. Then we got some animals and made some super awesome footprint cards. Aren't they great?! The reptiles got together to make the one on the far left, we call it Reptile Dance. The one on the top right is called Cavy Skunk Parade because that's what it looked like when Lollipop the skunk and Chili Pepper the Patagonian cavy were marching over the paper. The one on the bottom is called Bird Hop, I think you can guess why.
These unique cards are a perfect way for you to support Animal Wonders. Not only are you give the animals much needed funds, you get awesome cards to share, and when you share these cards you're also sharing about Animal Wonders and the amazing animals that created these works of art!
Contact Us to order your cards. $15 for each pack of 10. Choose from Reptile Dance, Cavy Skunk Parade, or Bird Hop. Or order 30 and get one of each!
Taking all orders of 2014 Animal Wonders calendars!!!
We spent the year taking amazing photographs of the animals at Animal Wonders. We kept some of the most interesting, beautiful, stunning, and expressive back only to be revealed in our calendar.
Only $15 per calendar!
When you purchase your calendar you know that 100% of the proceeds go directly to the animals and our educational programs. We will have local pick-up locations in Missoula, MT, we can also ship in the USA for $5, or internationally for the price of shipping.
Meet joey #4!! He is just as special as each and every bettong joey born because these amazing little marsupials are critically endangered. Who could possibly want these cuties to go away forever? The answer is no one. These guys are good for everything in their habitat. Even humans that live in the same environment want bettongs to flourish once again. Their special relationship with fungi, feces, and vegetation creates a real life natural miracle grow community. Now what farmer wouldn't want his plants to grow bigger and stronger? The animals enjoy more shelter and food. The fungi benefits, the plants benefit, and so do the bettongs. Now that's a win win win situation!! Let's get these guys back in the wild!!
Of course that requires some in depth scientific studies on bacteria, parasites, population growth and decline, in situ and ex situ studies, and lots and lots of captive bred bettongs!!