Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Abbie, an albino python from the Wildlife World Zoo, joined me on stage. She is quite a handful -- it takes three people to hold her!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Suzi Rapp helped me show Maury and the audience three of our favorite new friends. Maury and Suzi are holding of the Columbus Zoos new baby cheetahs Ray and Roe, and I am holding our new anatolian shepherd, Reese. Reese's sister Reagan moved in with the baby cheetahs last week! These animals are ambassadors to their cousins in the wild and we hope that they can help educated audiences for years to come.
In this photo, I am showing Maury one of the greatest holiday animals of all time - the reindeer. Do you think this one can fly?
Thursday, December 18, 2008
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups organic all-purpose flour
1/2 cup organic whole-wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup 7-grain cereal
1/2 cup golden flax seed
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 cup finely chopped almonds
2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
2 cups walnut halves
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
In a large bowl, beat butter, sugars, and maple syrup at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until combined.
In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking soda, and salt; sift once. Add flour mixture, alternately with oil, 1 cup at a time, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat at low speed, until smooth, after each addition. Fold in cereals, flaxseed, and chopped nuts.
Drop dough, by rounded tablespoons, onto prepared baking sheets; gently pressing flat with hands. Sprinkle cookies evenly with chocolate morsels and walnut halves. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Monday, December 15, 2008
1. Columbus Zoo or Wilds membership
Of course I love the Columbus Zoo and the Wilds -- Memberships would be the gift that keeps on giving. Zoo members have free admission 365 days a year, free parking, free or reduced admission to more than 100 AZA accredited zoos across the country, and they also receive a $20 discount on Zoombezi Bay season passes. Being a member of Wilds offers the opportunity to board Safari Transports for free and discounts on Sunset and Open-Air Safaris. These memberships also provide priority registration for educational programs and are a great way to see hundreds of animals up-close and personal!
2. Pet portraits
My assistant had an artist draw 3 drawings of the family dog to put in her baby’s nursery. Including your four-legged family members in your décor adds such a personal touch! And don’t tell anyone, but my wife loves our dogs so much that I’m thinking about giving her a pet portrait of our two dogs for Christmas! This is such a meaningful gift for someone who is crazy about their pets.
3. ‘Adopt-an-animal’ program at the Columbus Zoo
Another good option for the person who has everything is the adopt-an-animal package from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. An adoption helps support an animal at the zoo, is tax-deductible and comes with a plush animal and certificate.
4. Backyard bird watching
Going on safari is not the only way to see wild animals, watching birds in the backyard is a wonderful way to enjoy local wildlife. Bird houses or birdfeeders are another great option for an animal lover.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Be on the look out for me in December:
- Sunday, December 7 - Good Morning America Weekend
- Sunday, December 7 - Booksigning & Animal Show at the Columbus Zoo
- Tuesday, December 9 - Fox & Friends
- Thursday, December 25 - Larry King Live
Be on the look out for more posts this month regarding holiday specials with Maury Povich and Greta Van Sustern!
I am in the process of updating my Upcoming Appearances page on my website through March, so check it out and see when I'll be coming to a town near you!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Corn sure is yummy! I was honored to share a cob with a wombat while visiting Steve Irwin's family at the Australia Zoo.
I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving -- stay tuned and be ready to go “Into The Wild” with me!