August 6, 2014 at 6:55 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ - Imagine seeing a fennec fox, striped skunk, African pygmy hedgehog, chinchilla and a blue tongued skink--at school. Well, the children at the Early School Camp of Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston did just that recently at an educational presentation by Eyes of the Wild, which under the leadership of Travis W. Gale and Wallaby Tales, LLC, takes in abandoned animals in need of new homes.
Eyes of the Wild Center cares for, protects and houses abandoned animals in private facilities in rural Warren County, NJ where the animals have room to run and play.
The company's “Animal Friends Travel-Out Educational Wildlife Program" provided the Early School students with the opportunity to meet and learn about unusual mammals, birds and reptiles including a fennec fox.
Gales, the director of the Eyes of the Wild Center, has a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Education from the College of New Jersey. He worked as an Environmental educator for Monmouth County Parks and as an instructor/ program developer for Mad Science for two years. He said his love for animals led to him working as a field biologist, radio tracking New Jersey Timber Rattlesnakes. He conducted the first radio tracking program of the New Jersey baby Pine Snakes in the Pine Barrens. His commitment to education continued when he became a Special Education/Science/ESL instructor for the New Egypt Schools. In 2006, Travis bought the Eyes of the Wild Center in Washington, New Jersey, which is located in the heart of Warren County. There, he has been encouraging guests to share his vision to LEAP (Learn, Enjoy, Advocate and Protect) into wildlife, ever since.