Conservation Ambassadors’ Wild Things was founded in 1987 for the purpose of housing and caring for displaced wildlife. With the help of these animal ambassadors, we have been educating the public with a message of conservation and appreciation for natural wonders for over 35 years. Conservation Ambassadors’ Wild Things provides a home for over 60 species of wildlife. These animals are shared in our wildlife education presentations, which we offer to thousands of school children every year. Our hope is that through meeting these animals and hearing their stories, future generations will gain a greater appreciation for the natural world.
Gabe Kerschner founded Wild Things in 1988 after graduating from the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at Moorpark College, with the goal of not only providing a home for animals in need, but also sharing with others a respect for wildlife and an understanding of wildlife conservation. He loves puns and jokes, and always brings lots of smiles and laughs to his programs.
It runs in the family! Jojo Kerschner takes after his dad and loves educating about wildlife and conservation. He grew up around animals, and continues to teach others about respecting and protecting our wildlife.
Becki Brunelli, PhD
Becki Brunelli attended the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at Moorpark College and continued on to earn a PhD in Animal Behavior at UC Davis. Besides creating enrichment to encourage natural behaviors in the animals at our center, and helping with animal care and education, she also teaches Biology at CSU Chico.
Laney Herrmann started as an intern from Chico State in January 2022. After graduating with a degree in Recreation, Hospitality, Parks & Natural Resources Management, she became an official employee. She spends most of her time on diets, cleaning, and socializing with the animals.
Alex grew up in Nevada City on a ranch with her brother and parents. After HS she attended San Jose State where she earned a BS in Biological Sciences. She was also fortunate to play softball while earning her degree. She has worked with animals at a Vet Clinic and with a conservation group in FL researching sharks & rays. She plans to attend grad school to earn a masters in ecology with the intention of working in conservation.
Joclynn July & Gia Hellwig
Joclynn July, a Moorpark College graduate, and Gia Hellwig assist with organization and fund-raising efforts, as well as marketing, social media, brainstorming, and animal care.
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While you’re there, consider symbolically adopting an animal for yourself or as a gift for others!