Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom with Peter Gros at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert, Arizona

Photos By Glenda S. Paradee

Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom with Peter Gros was held at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert, Arizona on February 8, 2019. Peter Gros brought over 40 animals with him for the show. Many of the children got to come up from the audience to assist him with the animals. A fun time was had by all.

Peter Gros has nearly 30 years of field experience with wildlife. In his former position as Director of Land Animals and Vice President at Marine World/Africa USA, he and his team established breeding programs for hundreds of endangered animals. He also developed a rehabilitation program for birds of prey, as well as the largest captive breeding colony of ostriches in the United States. He is a licensed U.S.D.A. exhibitor and a wildlife lecturer. An active member of the American Zoo and Aquariums Association as well as the Zoological Association of America, Gros is also on the Board of Directors of the Suisun Marsh Natural History Association, and a trustee for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. He is a frequent lecturer on conservation and preservation at universities, zoos, theaters and nature and science centers around the nation. His goal is to share his passion for the natural world with young people across the planet, inspiring them to protect animals both locally and globally. We need to continue to deliver a powerful message about how each of us can make a daily difference in preserving our natural world, Gros says. It is possible to use our natural resources in a sustainable manner. We simply need to educate our nations youth about the importance of wildlife conservation.

Peter’s life is dedicated to inspiring young people to care about wildlife and wild places. He continues to be a Champion for the natural world, traveling and speaking around the United States.