Recently I had the immense pleasure of riding out to CinemaZoo to meet some really cool creatures, some of which are actually film and television actors. CinemaZoo is located in Surrey British Columbia and operated by Gary Oliver and Saron Doucette. CinemaZoo has all kinds of animals big and small, from reptiles and tortoises (I learned there was a difference) to a skunk, a skink, and a wonderful, beautiful parrot named Shakespeare! Anyone who loves animals knows they have personalities just like us. I was amazed at how I could instantly see some really definitive personality traits, especially among the lizards, some have very human eyes that follow you around the room, they know you are there and they are just as curious about you, as you are about them. Some may take issue with keeping wild animals in captivity but they may not realize that many of these animals have been rescued from people who could not take care of them properly. These animals could not survive in the wild and a few of them are endangered including the African Tortoise, that is being hunted to extinction for their shells and meat. Furthermore, the ever-changing government rules can sometimes lead to situations where people can no longer keep, lets say their pet python and then they have to be moved or face criminal charges. The moral to this story for me is not to keep wild animals as pets unless in extenuating circumstances and a stable long-term enviroment can be provided for them. Did you know some species can live 100-120 years? What happens to them when you die? Amazing! CinemaZoo exists, in part as a sanctuary for these animals as well as an agency for animal actors. They rely on on donations of time, money, and even food and blankets for the animals as well as subsidy from film work to continue operating. So if you are interested in doing something great from some really neat creatures please check out their website and find out how you can help! It is a very expensive and time-consuming endeavor to care for so many different creatures and for that we thank, CinemaZoo for all their hard work in helping these wonderful creatures. So, as promised some creature stars and I will not disappoint! Here is “Telus” the Telus Gecko
And many other cool creatures including a skunk
Lots of snakes
And, reptiles, lizards, turtles, and toirtosses of all shapes and sizes!
And most importantly “Shakespeare” who stole the show, a star through and through!
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