Kathie Lee & Hoda: Today’s Call of the Wild
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb had Today Show’s Call of the Wild and talked about getting your children to care about wildlife. Zoologist Jarod Miller from Junior Wildlife Champions Education Program joined the ladies as they looked at African Black-Footed Penguins, Turtles and Wolves.
Call of the Wild: African Black-Footed Penguins
Jarod said this is an animal that gets kids excited about learning how to protect wildlife. He said these animals are critically endangered because of our effects, like oil spills and other disasters that have kind of made these guys become endangered. Jarod said that 90% of their population has disappeared in the last century. He said as a kid he saw the oil spill and he wanted to help out and he said that is what Junior Wildlife Champions Education Program is there to do.
Call of the Wild: American Beaver
Jarod Miller said this is an example of a beautiful wetland animal that can be found right here. The American Beaver is the largest rodent in North America. They are well known for their tails and they can build dams. Jarod said that even though she is oily herself, any exposure to toxins can hurt her.
Call of the Wild: Turtles
Jarod said this is an animal affected by environmental issues. He brought with him an Alligator Snapping Turtle. They can live almost 200 years. He said you are looking at a living fossil and they can be affected by human problems.
Call of the Wild: Wolves
Jarod brought in wolves for the ladies to look at, which peed and wanted out of his helper’s arms and Kathie Lee and Hoda were running scared. They are only four months old and they are an apex predator, so if they eat a water animal that is carrying a toxin, that is how wolves like this have become extinct. They are beautiful animals though.