Karla Majewski, wildlife instructor, is series host. She is described by the reviewer in School Library Journal as “enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and at ease with both children and animals.” The animals she introduces in the programs are inhabitants of her private zoo and have come to her because they were neglected or abused or could not survive in the wild. Through Karla they have happily become “creature teachers” in her wildlife programs. The review in Booklist praises Karla as a host who “easily answers questions and asks for feedback from her young audience.”
This series was designed to acquaint young people with the characteristics, behaviors, and habitats of many diverse animals. In most of the programs, members of the audience are invited to touch, hold, and gently interact with the animals. Recommended by Booklist “for young animal enthusiasts and classroom audiences,” the series emphasizes respect for the animals and their habitats. Children interact with animals of all kinds from around the globe, while learning about each one. DVD and VHS formats available. Click on each individual volume title below to learn more and watch video clips!
Recommended by Booklist "for young animal enthusiasts and classroom audiences," the series emphasizes respect for the animals and their habitats. Children interact with animals of all kinds from around the globe, while learning about each one. Click the NEXT button above for more information and to watch video clips from each volume!
Karla discusses the wild environments from which the animals came and imparts an appreciation for the animals’ place in our world. The animals include a sulfur-crested cockatoo, an African pygmy hedgehog, a Nile monitor, a ring-tailed lemur, and a llama. Run Time: 38 Minutes
With her scarlet macaw, rose-haired tarantula, squirrel monkey, iguana, and boa constrictor, Karla explains how such inhabitants of the Amazon rainforest help to keep their environment healthy and thriving. Run Time: 40 Minutes
Children in Karla’s audience see, touch, and hold various farm animals, such as bunnies, chicks, and ducklings. They also meet a baby goat and a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig. Observing from a nearby corral is a miniature horse. Run Time: 40 Minutes
Using various bugs, like millipedes and cockroaches, Karla discusses their behavior and characteristics. Children touch and hold a rose-haired tarantula and an emperor scorpion, and they also learn about predators of “creepy critters,” such as frogs. Run Time: 32 Minutes
Children see an eastern box turtle, gopher tortoise, spur-thighed tortoise, bearded dragon, Chinese water dragon, Brazilian rainbow boa, albino Burmese python, a young alligator, and learn where these reptiles live, what they eat, and how they survive. Run Time: 32 Minutes
In addition to being used for food and clothing, animals have served man as pets and companions, helper animals, and scavengers. We meet Karla’s chinchilla, yellow-naped parrot, capuchin monkey, North American opossum, and llama. Run Time: 32 Minutes
Meet some of the many animals that help to maintain the balance in healthy wetland ecosystems. These animals include a tarantula, tree frogs, turtles (a red-eared slider and a box turtle), giant hermit crabs, a caiman, and snakes. Run Time: 33 Minutes
Meet some of today’s zoo animals that share a variety of common features with dinosaurs, including several breeds of chickens, an emu, a Catalina macaw, leopard geckos, a Chinese water dragon, and a black and white tegu. Run Time: 26 Minutes