Celebrity zoologist, Nigel Marven offers the ultimate guide to owning and appreciating reptiles and amphibians.
Satellite Interviews: Friday, July 18, 2008. 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST – Lizards Gone Wild!
We’re a country of people who worship our pets. In fact, 63 percent of U.S. households have at least one companion pet and exotic pets are the fastest growing category. Some are as small as the common red-eared slider turtle, or as big as the Rhinoceros Iguana. But even well-meaning owners with insufficient knowledge of the needs of these creatures, where they came from, and where they really belong are unaware of how their actions may have a devastating effect on the pet, the species, and on the fragile natural habitat surrounding our very own neighborhoods.
Nigel Marven, renowned Zoologist, frequent Tonight Show guest, Documentary Filmmaker, and TV Personality (Animal Planet, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel) is currently hosting Reptiles and Amphibians Reign, an educational awareness series that can be seen on ReptilesTV.com. The series is designed to educate the public on the importance of keeping reptiles and amphibians happy and healthy in your home and in nature.
Nigel has turned his lifelong love of reptiles and amphibians into a mission to educate and appeal to even the most squeamish among us. Nigel’s humor and lighthearted nature will draw viewers in to the unique experience of owning and understanding these amazing creatures. Nigel and a handler will introduce us to amphibians and reptiles from a variety of worldwide climates and geographic regions that are often found locally as exotic pets. They will surely capture the hearts of your viewers as Nigel discusses their place in our eco-system and how they affect our lives. And, we’ve created the ultimate jungle set so the creatures will feel right at home.
Nigel is available to discuss:
Things you should know before considering an exotic pet
Caring for an exotic pet
The environmental effects of releasing pets (specific to local regions)
Resources for exotic pet owners
Nigel will show:
Spur Thighed Tortoise from Desert region of Africa
Ball Python from African Savannahs
Green Iguana from the jungles of South America
Bearded Dragon from Australia
Red-eared Slider Turtle from Southern USA (most common pet turtle in US)
B-roll of reptiles and amphibians will be provided in advance or as a roll-in