Conservation Ambassadors’ Wild Things was founded in 1987 for the explicit 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 30 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 hundreds of 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 is the king of 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.
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.
View photos of our animals on our new
While you’re there, consider symbolically adopting an animal for yourself or as a gift for others!