After entertaining kids and families all summer at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Professor Wylde is ready to take his popular wild animal show on the road.
From now through March 31, Professor Wylde's Traveling Show will be visiting schools all across Northeast Ohio.
The show blends humor and theatrics with trained animals to create a compelling presentation that hooks students' attention and engages their imagination.
Animals that might be seen during one of Professor Wylde's visits include a fennec fox, sulfur crested cockatoo, rose breasted cockatoo, opossum, African bullfrog, Children's python, peregrine falcon and kookaburra.
Support from The Ohio Lottery makes it possible for Professor Wylde and the animals to visit area schools.
"The Ohio Lottery is wild about Professor Wylde and also about our mission to support education in Ohio. Just last year, we contributed more than $728 million to Ohio schools. We are excited about this opportunity to support education and fun in partnership with the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo," said Ohio Lottery Executive Director Kathleen B. Burke.
The show increases students' awareness of the natural world and reinforces the idea that people can make a difference by helping to improve the future for wildlife, along with covering mandated state science standards.
Other concepts focused on in the show differ by grade level. Kids in kindergarten through third grade learn about animal adaptations. Students in grades four through eight learn about animal training and behavior, while high school students are introduced to zoo careers.
Professor Wylde shows only travel to schools, and are not available for picnics, parties or other events. The show is designed for audiences of 75 or more in a gym or auditorium setting and is too big for a classroom. The fee is $200 within Cuyahoga County, $300 outside of the county and $100 for a second program in all locations.
For more information, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 635-3391.