On Moorpark college's Multi-cultural day, I was fortunate enough to score a private tour of the Zoo. Moorpark College is home of "EATM" or Exotic Animal Training & Management program.
This is a 2 year certificated program where students learn how to care and train animals in zoos, water parks and service animals such as guide dogs for the blind.
Every Saturday from 12-3 pm (hourly) the students put the animals through their paces in a studen-run animal show. You can see "Schmoo" a California Sea Lion perform or birds of prey fly or get close to the big cats.
Admission is $5.00
Taj, my little cute kitty, ok. I know she has a temper, but then so do most predators (ex. my ex-girlfriend).
A huge thanks to Dr. Peddie and the EATM staff who have loved Taj as their own.
EATM puts on an entertaining show featuring some of there animals...the kids seems to enjoy it and even the older kids crack a smile...Plenty of seating and your in the shade if its too hot!
Lions, Tigers, and ...darn, there are no bears...Oh My! or my favorite, "Want to pet my Monkey?" No, it's true there are exotic animals in Moorpark! It's the exotic animal teaching school at Moorpark College known as EATM or Exotic Animal Training and Management. Here is the breeding ground for the people that work at Sea World And different Zoos across U.S.
During the Spring Time, they hold their Spring Spectacular where the public may go and visit the school, take tours, talk to students and watch shows involving the animals. They require a small donation at the door, but it's way less than a normal zoo. Check it out! Oh and be sure to ask to see Taj, that's my bengal tiger I have there. Watch out she's temperamental!