Animal Ambassadors give us an opportunity to teach people about wild animal habitat, eating habits, and more. Meet our Animal Ambassadors here!  


WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS ANIMAL AMBASSADORS

Wildlife Ambassador Name: ARIES    Species:  Serval Cat   Where they live:  Africa   What they eat:  Servals are carnivores – they prey on rodents (particularly vlei rats), small birds, frogs, insects, and reptiles.   About Aries:  Aries was given to Wildlife Encounters by the  Nebraska Humane Society.  Aries escaped from his owner’s home and was found strolling through Midtown Omaha. Unable to be returned to his owner, we adopted him.  Learn more about Serval Cats     here   .

Wildlife Ambassador Name: ARIES

Species: Serval Cat

Where they live: Africa

What they eat: Servals are carnivores – they prey on rodents (particularly vlei rats), small birds, frogs, insects, and reptiles.

About Aries: Aries was given to Wildlife Encounters by the Nebraska Humane Society. Aries escaped from his owner’s home and was found strolling through Midtown Omaha. Unable to be returned to his owner, we adopted him.

Learn more about Serval Cats here.

Wildlife Ambassador Name: TACO    Species:  African Pygmy Hedgehog   Where they live:  central and eastern Africa   What they eat:  Hedgehogs are insectivores, but will also eat some plants and small vertebrates. They are very immune to poison and will sometimes eat snakes and scorpions!   About Taco:  Taco is the most famous hedgehog, besides Sonic of course. Taco was someone’s pet here in Omaha and he had some medical issues that needed attention so they gave him to us. He had mites, an ear infection, and his toenails were curled causing them to grow into his feet. We treated him for mites, gave him antibiotics for the ear infection, and now he gets regular toe nail trimmings. He is super healthy and loves meeting new people!  Learn more about Hedgehogs   here   .

Wildlife Ambassador Name: TACO

Species: African Pygmy Hedgehog

Where they live: central and eastern Africa

What they eat: Hedgehogs are insectivores, but will also eat some plants and small vertebrates. They are very immune to poison and will sometimes eat snakes and scorpions!

About Taco: Taco is the most famous hedgehog, besides Sonic of course. Taco was someone’s pet here in Omaha and he had some medical issues that needed attention so they gave him to us. He had mites, an ear infection, and his toenails were curled causing them to grow into his feet. We treated him for mites, gave him antibiotics for the ear infection, and now he gets regular toe nail trimmings. He is super healthy and loves meeting new people!

Learn more about Hedgehogs here.

Wildlife Ambassador Name: CYRANO    Species:  Green Winged Macaw   Where they live:  northern and central South America   What they eat:  Macaws eat a variety of foods including seeds, nuts, fruits, palm fruits, leaves, flowers, and stems.   About Cyrano:  With such a huge personality, Cyrano is one of our favorite Animal Ambassadors. He loves almonds, showing off to anyone who will offers him attention and singing his favorite song "The Champs - Tequila", aka the Pee-Wee Herman song. Cyrano came to Wildlife Encounters from  World Bird Sanctuary . He was thought to be a male, until, on Mother’s Day, “he” laid two eggs.  Learn more about Green Winged Macaws   here   .

Wildlife Ambassador Name: CYRANO

Species: Green Winged Macaw

Where they live: northern and central South America

What they eat: Macaws eat a variety of foods including seeds, nuts, fruits, palm fruits, leaves, flowers, and stems.

About Cyrano: With such a huge personality, Cyrano is one of our favorite Animal Ambassadors. He loves almonds, showing off to anyone who will offers him attention and singing his favorite song "The Champs - Tequila", aka the Pee-Wee Herman song. Cyrano came to Wildlife Encounters from World Bird Sanctuary. He was thought to be a male, until, on Mother’s Day, “he” laid two eggs.

Learn more about Green Winged Macaws here.

Wildlife Ambassador Name: ROXY    Species:  Fennec Fox   Where they live:  Sahara of North Africa, the Sinai Peninsula, South West Israel (Arava desert) and the Arabian desert.   What they eat:  The fennec fox is an omnivore. Food sources include rodents, insects, birds, eggs, and rabbits.   About Roxy:  Fennec foxes are the smallest foxes in the world, weighing in at around 5 lbs. Roxy is known for her super sweet disposition- you will find her usually laying in someone’s lap or chilling by her electric fireplace. Marshmallow is known for her energy, running and jumping on anything she can possibly find.  Learn more about Fennec Foxes   here   .

Wildlife Ambassador Name: ROXY

Species: Fennec Fox

Where they live: Sahara of North Africa, the Sinai Peninsula, South West Israel (Arava desert) and the Arabian desert.

What they eat: The fennec fox is an omnivore. Food sources include rodents, insects, birds, eggs, and rabbits.

About Roxy: Fennec foxes are the smallest foxes in the world, weighing in at around 5 lbs. Roxy is known for her super sweet disposition- you will find her usually laying in someone’s lap or chilling by her electric fireplace. Marshmallow is known for her energy, running and jumping on anything she can possibly find.

Learn more about Fennec Foxes here.

Wildlife Ambassador Name: TRIPOD    Species:  North American Alligator   Where they live:  Southeastern United States.   What they eat:  Alligators are apex predators and consume fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.   About Tripod:  Tripod came to us from an alligator farm in Florida. Born with only three legs and some toes missing, Tripod was an alligator that would not keep at their facility, so he came to Wildlife Encounters. He has been with us since 2002.  Learn more about North American Alligators   here   .

Wildlife Ambassador Name: TRIPOD

Species: North American Alligator

Where they live: Southeastern United States.

What they eat: Alligators are apex predators and consume fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

About Tripod: Tripod came to us from an alligator farm in Florida. Born with only three legs and some toes missing, Tripod was an alligator that would not keep at their facility, so he came to Wildlife Encounters. He has been with us since 2002.

Learn more about North American Alligators here.

Wildlife Ambassador Name: BETHANY    Species:  Red Tail Boa   Where they live:  South America.   What they eat:  Young boa constrictors eat small mice, birds, bats, lizards, and amphibians. The size of the prey item increases as they get older and larger.   About Bethany:  Bethany was a teacher’s pet here in Omaha. Bethany had an excellent home but as she got larger than her owners expected, so they thought it would be best to find her a new home with Wildlife Encounters. Bethany visits the school where her previous owner works every year and meets all the students in the teacher’s class.  Learn more about Red Tail Boas   here   .

Wildlife Ambassador Name: BETHANY

Species: Red Tail Boa

Where they live: South America.

What they eat: Young boa constrictors eat small mice, birds, bats, lizards, and amphibians. The size of the prey item increases as they get older and larger.

About Bethany: Bethany was a teacher’s pet here in Omaha. Bethany had an excellent home but as she got larger than her owners expected, so they thought it would be best to find her a new home with Wildlife Encounters. Bethany visits the school where her previous owner works every year and meets all the students in the teacher’s class.

Learn more about Red Tail Boas here.


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