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Thursday, Feb. 22

9 am & 1 pm

Meet some of the animals we love to be scared of and learn why they’re really not-so-creepy after all. Discover what each of their important “jobs” in nature are. Audience participants help illustrate the wonder of a bat’s wing structure and prove—once and for all—that snakes are indeed our friends.

Critterman is bringing a variety of creatures including: an opossum, American alligator, great horned owl, South American boa, tarantula, and a vulture.

Critterman at HastingsMuseum

Children in attendance may get to become part of the program!

“Kids will have the opportunity to discover incredible adaptations that help animals survive,” said Russanne Erickson, Hastings Museum’s curator of education. “Everyone who comes will see these unique and beautiful animals up close with one of the best animal educators around.”

In 1990, David and his wife, Susan, created Animal Edutainment Inc., a private, non-profit, professional, wildlife education outreach organization that develops and presents unique programs for youth. Their animal care facility is home to more than 50 non-releasable animals that were orphaned, injured, surplus or cast-off by previous owners. These animals now act as ambassadors for their species. The Klevens believe that if an animal is capable of living in the wild that is where it belongs.

Explore the incredible diversity of animals from rainforest around the world with the help of Critterman at Hastings Museum!

Note: Seating is limited and reservations are required.
Please contact Visitor Services at:

Morning & Afternoon Shows


Critterman, also known as David Kleven, is from Aubrey, Texas.

Students, teachers and chaperones:
Schools within Hastings city limits: $2 per person
Schools from outside Hastings city limits: $4 per person


Evening Program: Open to the Public

Pizza & Kool-Aid: 5p
Amazon Adventure in the Theatre: 6p
Critterman: 7:15p

People can buy additional slices of pizza for $1 plus tax per slice.

Film, Pizza & Critterman:  $12  $16
Pizza and Critterman:  $5  $9
Critterman Only:  $4  $8

Add tax to all above prices.

Want Pizza? RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 20,

by calling 402-461-2399.