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Posted by Dianne Keast EFT Practitoner on May 12, 2010 at 2:40 AM


Animal Wonders a Local Exotic Animal Outreach; meet real animals & learn about wildlife, nature, and conservation.


Not a petting zoo or a circus, Animal Wonders of Missoula Montana rescues animals in need & educates the public through live animal presentations. We love the informative shows & the way children get excited about conservation when the meet a real animal.

Here is what they have to say about what they do:

(photos & content below from animalwonders.org)

Animal Wonders is a fully licensed and insured non-profit exotic animal outreach organization. We bring live animals into the classroom to teach about wildlife, nature, and conservation. Our animals also enjoy going to birthday parties, special events, churches, reunions, weddings, meet and greets, and anywhere else they might be able to educate and entertain the public and teach people about themselves.

The animals at Animal Wonders love people and love to teach. Their human caretakers love to teach and love animals. All in all, when the animals come to visit, everyone will be captivated by these creatures of our planet. The environment is so enriching kids won't even know they're learning. Adults might even find themselves raising their hand to ask that itching question. We have presentations to fit everyone's wants and needs. Come on in and learn about our Organization and meet our animal residents.

Animal Wonders, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, was founded by Jessi Knudsen and Augusto Castaneda in August 2008 to fulfill their dream of sharing the wonders of wildlife with the public. The animal center is nestled in the forest outside Missoula, Montana. The animals who are currently residing at Animal Wonders share the breathtaking scenery and natural surroundings. Most of the animal residents were displaced from their homes and adopted by Animal Wonders. Others were illegally owned and needed to be placed with Animal Wonders where they could live legally.


Animal Wonders has several objectives. The primary objective is to provide our animal residents with a life-long home. Each and every animal is treated with the respect owed to them. The animal residents are provided with the specific requirements of their species. They also receive behavioral enrichment to stimulate their body and mind.

The second objective of Animal Wonders is to spread knowledge and respect for wildlife, whether native or exotic. By providing live animal presentations, Animal Wonders allows people to catch a glimpse of what makes animals so amazing.

Animal Wonders is located in western Montana. We give presentations in Missoula and surrounding counties. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule your presentation now! We have themed shows or we can arrange one to fit your needs. Don't hesitate to ask.Our presentations focus on education first, and entertainment second. Though the audience will be having a blast they will inadvertently learn a thing or two in the process.


The final objective of Animal Wonders is to support and promote conservation efforts locally, nationally, and internationally. If you would like to help too, see our How To Help page.Jessi Knudsen and Augusto Castaneda dedicate their lives to these causes. They have spent years gaining the knowledge and experience required to care for and train these amazing animals. The experience and knowledge of the Board of Directors keeps Animals Wonders at the forefront of education and animal care.


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