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Intro to Reptiles - LIVE Alligator, Snake, Lizards and Tortoises!

Learn all about reptiles while meeting a real live alligator, snake, tortoise, lizards and more! Explore each animals habitat, adaptations, behaviors and how we care for our animals at our wildlife refuge.
Wildlife Encounters
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45 minute class

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Class Experience

Students will learn the following:
Name all the vertebrate animal classes and groups.  Be also to distinguish the characteristics of each group.  
Identify adaptions of the animal ambassadors and describe how those adaptations help those animals survive
Describe and identify the different biomes and ecosystems various reptiles live in.
How to identify the difference between turtles and tortoise
How to identify the difference between snakes and lizards
Explain how the food chain/web works and give examples of predator and prey relationships
The important role reptiles play in our natural world
Hello!  My name is Kip Smith.  I am the Education Director at Wildlife Encounters and have been educating students around the world virtually and in person for 15 years.  I've always been fascinated by animals and our natural planet which led to my career in wildlife conservation & education.  I LOVE the energy and enthusiasm that students who are interested in animals bring to the classroom.  It's my passion to teach about animals and love sharing knowledge with others who share the same passion.  

Educating others about wildlife conservation has given me some incredible opportunities to study animals in their natural habitats around the globe and expanding our online reach through our YouTube channel.  You may of seen some of our videos on CNN, The Today Show, Reddit, CBS Morning News and while working with Jack Hanna and Wild Kingdoms Jim Fowler.  

When I'm not speaking to public groups or teaching online I am working on wildlife photography and filming.  I have had the opportunity to photograph and film animals all over the world including:
Crocodiles - Working with ACES (American Crocodile Education Sanctuary) I had the opportunity to help catch an injured crocodile.  Which was later rehabilitated and released.  You can watch our crocodile rescue on YouTube at:
Puerto Rico - Studying the rare Cuban Rock Iguana with the University of Puerto Rico we got up close to learn about their conservation efforts for this species.  You can watch our video here:
Yucatan Peninsula - shark diving with bull sharks

No homework.
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.

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Wildlife EncountersEducational wildlife refuge educating our next generation on wildlife conservation
82 total reviews
39 completed classes

About Us

Wildlife Encounters of Nebraska is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to educating the public about our natural world while offering a home for animals in need for over 30 years. 

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