Rick Schwartz, San Diego Zoo global ambassador, stopped by HuffPost Live on Thursday, January 14, and brought over a few furry friends!
While showing off the surprisingly tranquil, well-behaved animals, such as Emmett the grey fox and Rosie the tarantula, he emphasized to host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani that these creatures presented are unique and have become accustomed to our environment. “As adorable as they are, these are animals surviving in the wild,” reminded Schwartz.
“I’ve dedicated my life to what I’m doing now, whether the audience has three kids, a family of four … I want to get them excited for these animals, so that they can be more aware and more active.”
As each creature presented stayed chill on camera, Schwartz gave interesting facts about how it survived in the wild — why hawks are known as the “wolves of the sky," how kangaroos really fight and what a “spider kiss” is. The ambassador's favorite, a turkey vulture named Dave, even left the HuffPost Live set a special gift.
“These are beautiful animals that we should be thinking about a little more on how to save their environments … because their environment is our environment. When we see things are going downhill for them, it will go downhill for us as well.”
Get a glimpse of the animals above.
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