Kathie Lee & Hoda: Today Show’s Call of the Wild
If you’ve looked through the plexiglass windows at the zoo and wanted to set the animals free, think again. For some endangered species, zoos may be their only hope for survival. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb said 175 million people attend accredited American zoos and aquariums each year, which allows for an icredible opportunity to learn about animals together and to learn about the diversity of nature. In Today Show‘s Call of the Wild segment, Julie Scardina of Sea World and Busch Gardens joined the ladies with some of those animals.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Bobcats
Julie Scardina brought in a bobcat named Jerry. Bobcats are the most plentiful of cats in U.S., but so many cat species are imperil these days. Julie said that almost 80% of cat species are imperil, including lions, tigers and cheetahs. Julie said that the awareness you get when you see animals and that we do need to help these animals in the wild. Some of the most passionate people are the ones that work at the zoo and then they go out and save the animals.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Penguins
Julie Scardina said everybody loves penguins. She said as popular as penguins are, 13 of 18 species of penguins are in decline. Scardina said the great thing about zoos is they share their expertise and knowledge about raising and caring for animals. In 2000 when a major oil spill off of the coast of South Africa happened, 20,000 penguins were saved not only by Sea World personnel, but by zoo professionals around the world.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Bamboo Sharks
Julie Scardina said bamboo sharks are nocturnal and hang out on coral reefs. Scardina said they’re all part of the ecosystem and we need to protect those coral reefs as well.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Spider Monkey
Julie Scardina said as popular as primates are, 50% are threatened with extinction. Scardina said they are not pets. People often get exotic animals as pets and they can’t take of them, like the adorable spider monkey Julie brought in. The cute little monkey was left in a trash can! Scardina said zoos are often the only places that know how to care for these exotic pets.