Wild animal expert hopes to dispell ‘Big Bad Wolf’ myth with family show at Struthers

Photo submitted to Times Observer Peter Gros.

Peter Gros, a world-traveled wildlife expert accompanied by fellow animal ambassadors, is set to appear at the Struthers Library Theatre in March.

Gros will be providing an educational presentation with the help of hand-raised, bottle-fed animals that are completely imprinted upon people. The animals are provided by animal ambassadors that will be accompanying Gros.

The presentation — at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3 — includes film clips from the show Wild Kingdom, which Gros previously co-hosted. The film clips will include videos of wildlife from around the world as well as success stories of conservation. Also included will be live video streams on stage of animals from around the world, such as hissing cockroaches, legless lizards, and binturongs*.

Gros looks forward to sharing his experiences with the audience about the people and the wildlife he has met around the world. He thinks it’s important to know that this is a “positive, family-based show geared towards young people and parents.”

He stresses animals have been taken off of the extinction list and are being reintroduced into wildlife.

“It’s important to inform on the good news (of wildlife) that we don’t always hear and to encourage the young people to get involved in the conservation of our planet and wildlife,” said Gros. He hopes to rid the younger generation of the fear stories that have been told for ages such as the “Big Bad Wolf” and the “scary snakes coming to eat them,” by providing an educational and entertaining show.

*Oh, looking like something Dr. Seuss might have dreamed up, a binturong has a face like a cat’s and a body like a bear’s, long, shaggy black hair, stiff white whiskers, and a prehensile tail that’s as long as its body.

Gros will appear at SLT on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16, $20 or $24, and are on sale now online at http://strutherslibrarytheatre.com/, at the theatre office weekdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., or by calling (814) 723-7231.