I was very excited when I first heard that the celebrity animal trainer Jack Hanna was going to be visiting Tyler‘s Caldwell Zoo. On arriving to the zoo, I was overwhelmed by large crowd that showed up. I came with two small children that were extremely excited to see all the animals that we heard Jack Hanna was going to show.
My hopes were very high going to this event, but was quickly shot down. He only showed three birds and a few snakes. Jack told some very interesting stories of the adventures that he has had. He gave his opinion on P.E.D.A. and their attempts to close down many zoos and Sea World. Although he told many interesting stories, there was nothing to keep the attention of young children including my own. My kids just wanted to see animals do tricks, and honestly, so did I.
I was in agreement with the explorer when he expressed his feelings about the animal rights organization P.E.D.A. He had expressed that he was extremely disturbed by the idea of closing down zoos and Sea World. Zoos are in place to educate young children about wild life. Many people, such as the famous “crocodile hunter” Steve Irwin, have died trying to educate children of the animals around the world. Jack Hanna said that he loves animals but he thinks that children’s education is more important. Animals in preservations such as our own Caldwell Zoo here in Tyler is not abusing animal rights or abusive towards animals, but are a safe place that people can observe animals from across the world.
Jack Hanna talked about his adventures and encounters with people and animals from all different countries. His stories were very interesting and I would like to hear him again but I wish that the zoo would of described his presentation as him telling stories, instead of being some what misleading and saying that he was going to show animals and entertain children of all ages.