A-Team for Wildlife
Jon Patch and crew chat with Pet Life Radio's own Dr. Jones about his new organization A-Team for Wildlife. Dr. Jones, believes there is nothing more powerful, more universal than a child’s love for animals. That connection leads the way for motivating children to realize their ability to change the world. It also leads to wanting to save endangered species, their habitats, and eventually to preserving a healthy natural environment that can sustain us all. While those other programs include worthwhile social justice components, A-Team for Wildlife is focused on saving animals and their habitats - a theme more readily embraced by children of all ages. Our founder should know, he did nearly 1,000 school presentations while heading up the Tropical Rainforest Museum.
A-Team for Wildlife includes a strong commitment to youth leaders in conservation, providing them with support and rewards for their achievements in the form of Exciting Educational Wildlife Experiences.
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Born and raised in California, Dr Jones, aka, Ken Jones, has always had a propensity for nature and wildlife. In High School, in the early 70s, he founded their first “ecology club”. In his youth he worked at some of the finest veterinary hospitals in the state over ten years, focusing on exotic animal medicine. During that same time, Ken created what became one of the first and largest volume pet sitting services in the country. He went on to create a career of thirty years as a water feature specialist in the landscape industry. Ken has managed a custom aquarium showroom and maintenance service, a water garden retail outlet, and water feature installation and maintenance companies. Repeatedly, his projects won Designer Showcase awards from the national trade magazine, Watergarden News. Along the way, Ken founded an environmental education non-profit, and the Tropical Rainforest Museum, bringing conservation education to Northern California schools with over 1,000 school assemblies and exhibits. His museum included a collection of hundreds of small exotic animals including parrots, finches, poison dart frogs, chameleons, monitor lizards, pythons, boas, iguanas, bird-eating tarantulas, and many more.
He also served as the Earth Day Chairman for the city of San Jose for two years, received the city’s Volunteer of the Year award, and a Mayoral Commendation for his contributions to environmental education.
In recent years Dr. Jones has mastered digital media production with the production of internet TV shows and podcasts. He offers his media production skills, and background with exotic animals, to zoos and museums to help them fulfill their community outreach and conservation education goals.