MEET OUR ANIMAL EDUCATORS
Nature Matters is home to a diverse collection of animal educators. Many of these animals came to us because they were unable to survive in the wild due to an injury, or they were born in captivity and have never learned how to fend for themselves. These animals are on the borderland, they are not pets, but they are no longer able to be wild. They need a place to be cared for in order to survive.
Other animals, such as our hedgehogs, tortoises and sugar gliders, were exotic pets that were no longer wanted or could no longer be cared for.
All of these animals now have jobs as Animal Educators with Nature Matters. Their mission is to help people to better understand and appreciate them and their fellow critters. Being with animals allows us to create connections with them. When we care we make efforts to help, by sharing our spaces and world with them, and preserving and protecting their habitats.
Here are just some of our Animal Educators at Nature Matters.
Each species, whether wild or exotic, has specific needs and requirements. Nature Matters is dedicated to providing our animals with what they need to be healthy and content in their daily lives and educational roles.
Please be aware when scheduling a program that our animals are just like us. They have good days and bad, and /or days they just aren’t feeling like working and need some down time. We cannot guarantee specific animals for programs, although we will do our best to make requests happen!
** Indicates animals which do NOT travel for programs. These animals can be experienced at the farm.
Red Shouldered Hawk
Blue Tongue Skink
Red Footed Tortoise
Yellow Footed Tortoise
And there’s more…!
You can meet our farm animals as well during tours or programs taking place on the farm. Our residents include:
Cows and calves, horses, donkeys, goats, chickens, ducks and geese!!