Animal experts team up for ABT shows

2014-04-09T14:26:00Z Animal experts team up for ABT shows The Billings Gazette

Discover wildlife with Peter Gros, wildlife expert from Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, and Jeff the Nature Guy from ZooMontana April 11 at the Alberta Bair Theater.

The performances will showcase animals from around the world and some ZooMontana favorites. A student matinee performance will be presented on April 11 at 12:30 p.m., followed by a full performance at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the evening performance are available at the Alberta Bair Theater box office at the corner of Broadway and 3rd Avenue North, by phone at 406-256-6052, online at www.albertabairtheater.org, or at the Rimrock Mall guest services kiosk.

Tickets are $29 and $15 for students with a valid ID, as well as special package pricing for families of four. Discounts on adult tickets are available for members of ZooMontana, Yellowstone Art Museum, and Billings Public Library. Tickets for the matinee are based on availability. Call the box office for details.

Gros’s performances include a mix of live animals, storytelling, video clips and bloopers from his many TV engagements and years of filming wild life. An alligator, kangaroo, and python are a few of the animals on stage.

Jeff Ewelt, ZooMontana executive director, is joining Peter with several animals, including a tarantula, lynx, and turkey vulture. Ewelt’s enthusiasm for nature is genuaine and pairing with Gros seems only natural.

“This will be a really fun show,” Ewelt says, “Peter is a great guy who has been a great spokesman for wildlife and their conservation. I am so excited to showcase our animals alongside his. Who doesn’t love animals?”

With nearly 30 years of field experience, Gros has dedicated his life and career to protecting and maintaining the livelihood of wild animals. 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 species.

Gros 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.

The performances are a culmination of Wild About Culture, a series of free community events hosted by Billings Cultural Partners that kicked off April 1 with an animal scavenger hunt at the Yellowstone Art Museum. Activities by YMCA Writer’s Voice, Billings Public Library and ZooMontana celebrate animals and nature through art, storytelling, and live performance.

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