Jambo Rafiki! That is Kiswahili for “Hello Friend”! Learn the significance behind each of our African Animal Ambassador’s Kiswahili names with the help of Critterman on Thursday, February 27. Critterman, David Kleven of Aubrey, Texas, will bring his African Safari animal program for kids of all ages to learn and understand the importance of protecting our world through animal ambassadors.
Africa is home to the largest animals living on the planet today. Meet some of the not so large, yet equally amazing animals native to the savannas or grasslands of Africa. View a lemur, scorpion, tortoise, fox, hedgehog, and python up close. A brave audience participant will discover what animal is so tough not even the “King of the Jungle” will tangle with it! Pair this program with our 3D film, Kenya 3D: Animal Kingdom.
Critterman: Africa! will be at the Museum on Thursday, February 27, 2014, with daytime presentations for school groups scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The 7:00 p.m. program is open to the public. (See special event pricing below.)
“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 Africa with the help of Critterman at Hastings Museum! Critterman: Africa and Kenya 3D!
Note: Seating is limited and reservations are required for student groups. Please contact Visitor Services at 402-461-4629 or 800-508-4629.
Special Event Pricing
Students, teachers and chaperones:
Schools within Hastings city limits: $2.00 per person
Schools from outside Hastings city limits: $4.00 per person
Adults and Seniors: $3.00 per person
Children: $2.00 per person
Adults: $7.00 per person
Seniors: $6.00 per person
Children: $5.00 per person