Jack Hanna, binturong, civet, serval will play the Palace

Jack Hanna causes people to want to pet captive bred big cats and their cubs

This article is from 2006, but the hypocrisy is in the fact that Jack Hanna should have known better than to take wild animals onto talk shows or out to schools.  We believe that it’s a monkey-see-monkey-do world out there and when people see celebrities, like Jack Hanna, taking cute baby wild cats into TV studios, they want to be like that guy, and will pay to pet exotic cats too.

If not for the demand for cub petting, that has been caused by all of the showing off on stage and in film, there wouldn’t be incidents like the Zanesville Massacre in the first place.  What is even worse is that DC staffers tell us that Jack Hanna has become the mouthpiece for the ZAA which is a collection of second rate roadside zoos, in our opinion, and as such he has been trying to thwart our efforts to pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act.

Jack Hanna, binturong, civet, serval will play the Palace

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

So you think you know all about exotic animals.

Maybe you’ve visited the new “Asia Quest” exhibit at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, or perhaps you wrote a school report on an exotic animal, such as a wallaby? Or, you might have watched Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures on TV.

But, what do you know about the palm civet or the binturong? You can learn about these animals and more when Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the zoo, comes to the Palace Theatre.

Jungle Jack’s live show features many of his favorite animal friends, in addition to stories and footage from his adventures in exotic lands.

For example, you’ll see a palm civet, which is about the size of a cat, and found mostly in Asia, from the Himalayas and southern China to the Philippines. It’s like our squirrel, quick and agile, with a long, slender body and short legs. Its coat color ranges from gray to brown, and it eats mostly fruit, which it finds at night to avoid predators.

Although the animal is small, the palm part of its name doesn’t mean it will fit in the palm of your hand; one of its favorite things to eat is sap from palm trees.

A binturong also is a civet, although it’s often called a bear cat (even though it’s not a bear or a cat). It’s a little larger than a palm civet, and, in addition to fruit, it eats eggs and small rodents.

Its tail works like a fifth hand, and it can rotate its back legs to climb down trees headfirst — a skill that comes in handy in the jungles of southeast Asia, where it lives.

Another interesting animal is the serval. An African cat, the serval sometimes is mistaken for a cheetah, because their coats are similar. You could tell the difference if you saw them race, though. After all, who can beat a cheetah? Not much is known about servals because they’re good at hiding and keeping to themselves on the tropical grasslands of Africa. What goes better with African cats than Australian dogs? At the Palace show, Jungle Jack also will be joined by a dingo. Although most people associate the dingo with Australia, it didn’t originate there, and that’s not the only place it can be found in the wild; it also lives in the forests of Southeast Asia.

The Eora aboriginal tribe of Australia gave the dog the name dingo, and tribes often domesticate dingoes, but only if they can be trained as pups.

Dingoes are very smart, and once they’re of a certain age, they’re not good at taking orders.

Although the most common color for a dingo is ginger, there are some variations, most notably in the Alpine dingoes, which are completely white to blend in with the snow-capped Australian Alps.

These are just a few of the animals Jungle Jack will bring from the zoo. He’ll also talk about conservation and show highlights from his travels.

The Jungle Jack Hanna live show will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Palace. Tickets, $12.50 to $22.50, are available at Ticketmaster, 614-431-3600, or the Ohio Theatre ticket office, 614-469-0939.

Sources: Information for Culture Creature was provided by the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, in cooperation with the Columbus Arts Marketing Association, www.camaonline.org.

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