Moorpark Spring Spectacular - March 31 and April 1, 2012
The Wildlife Waystation loves Moorpark College. Every year we attend their awesome Spring Spectacular event. This event features stage presentations, animal exhibits, animal organization booths, and of course a close-up look at Moorpark Teaching Zoo's incredible animals.
This year, the Wildlife Waystation brought five of their own animals. On Saturday, our first stage presentation featured Rowdy the capuchin monkey. Rowdy, of course, lives up to his name, and entertained the crowd with his antics. He walked around playing with an interesting toy - a plastic bottle filled with raisins! He even stood up and showed the crowd one of his many trained behaviors. He's pretty darn adorable!
For our second presentation on Saturday, we brought out the big guns. That's right - it was Mungar the tiger. Mungar is fully grown and a beautiful boy. At times, he strutted around in front of the crowd looking like the powerful and majestic creature he is. At other times, he wrestled around with a red bouncy ball, looking like an oversized pussycat. He is truely entertaining and one of the sweetest cats you'll ever meet!
On Sunday, it was time for the impressive Birds of Prey. The presentation featured Barney the barn owl, Tumbleweed the great horned owl, and Hatari the golden eagle. Barney was his usual beautiful self. He was half-asleep the whole time, too (yes, owls are nocturnal, and if they feel comfortable enough they'll fall asleep on your glove)! Tumbleweed, on the other hand, was wide awake the whole time. This was one of his first events, so the whole thing was very stimulating for him. He was a very good boy!
Hatari the golden eagle, however, is another story. We love her to death, but she is not a bird you ever want to turn your back on. She has her sweet days and her not-so-sweet days, but you can't ever forget she's a powerful predator. During the presentation she was good. After the presentation, we set her on a perch that looked over the valley. You could tell she was LOVING the view.
Besides our "creature feature" presentations, we had information and merchandise tables set up. Where, might you ask? Right across from a spotted hyena whose brother, Kasani, happens to reside at the Wildlife Waystation! Volunteers and spectators enjoyed a day filled with rain, jamba juice, and good times for all.