Families in Chandler are Invited to Experience the Wonder of Exotic, Exciting Animals Live On Stage

CHANDLER, AZ – [January 30, 2012] –  An astounding array of wild animals are coming to Chandler with the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium and Peter Gros of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.  The afternoon of fun and learning will not only give the audience an inside look at Peter’s exciting adventures and experiences with exotic animals, but also a chance to see and touch these remarkable creatures.  The show will be held at Chandler Center for the Arts on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 3:00pm. Tickets are $24, $28 and $34 ($15 for kids ages 17 and under).


Highlighted with humorous video clips of his animal interactions, Peter will tell of his challenges and successes with wildlife filming, travel and conservation.  Mutual of Omaha’s unyielding commitment to the conservation of wildlife started in 1963, when the program Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom debuted on NBC. 


Peter Gros has in his arsenal almost 30 years of captive wildlife field experience.  In his previously held position of Director of Land Animals and Vice President at Marine World/Africa USA, he instituted breeding programs for over 375 endangered animals.  Additionally, he established a birds of prey rehabilitation program and the largest captive breeding colony of ostriches in the nation.


Gros is a licensed Exhibition and Animal Educator for the U.S.D.A.,  sits on the Board of Directors of the Suisun Marsh National History Association and is also actively involved with the American Zoo and Aquariums Association and Zoological Association of America.  His passion for the care and preservation of animals is exhibited through his recurrent lectures at universities, nature and science centers and zoos across the country.


"We need to continue to deliver a powerful message about how each of us can make a daily difference in preserving our natural world," says Gros. "It is possible to use our natural resources in a sustainable manner. We simply need to educate our nation's youth about the importance of wildlife conservation.”


Peter’s captivating anecdotes have been enlightening and warming the hearts of audiences aross the country for many years.  His vibrant stage presence, infectious humor, and inspiring love for animals make for a show that families in the valley won’t want to miss.


Video Clip of Show: http://bit.ly/eau72y


For more information and to PURCHASE TICKETS ON-LINE visit www.ChandlerCenter.org.




Event: Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

Date/Time: Sunday, February 19, 2012 @ 3:00pm

Tickets: $24, $28 & $34 - Kids 17 & under $15

Venue: Chandler Center for the Arts

Venue Address: 250 North Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ 85225

Venue Website: www.chandlercenter.org

Artist Website: www.petergros.com , www.wildkingdom.com

Box Office Phone: 480-782-2680

Online Box Office: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/245792?brand=chandlercenter

Online Photo Gallery: http://chandlercenter.org/press/photo-gallery.html

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Interview Request Form: http://chandlercenter.org/press/request.html

Venue Contact: Judi Johnson, Marketing Coordinator judi.Johnson@chandleraz.gov

Phone: 480-782-2674


Located on the northwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Blvd, the Chandler Center for the Arts is Arizona's leading collaborative arts institution dedicated to reaching out to audiences of all ages with the highest quality of artistic work to continuously inspire audiences and artists to dream, to discover, to create and celebrate.

The Chandler Center for the Arts serves as a creative driving force, educational resource, and economic engine of entertainment vitality in Chandler by making visual and live performance arts accessible to the entire population.



About Chandler Center for the Arts


The Chandler Center for the Arts is jointly owned by the City of Chandler and the Chandler Unified School District.  The Chandler Cultural Foundation was contracted in 1989 by the City of Chandler as a means to facilitate programming and fund development for the Chandler Center for the Arts.  

As a nonprofit organization, the Center relies on a variety of funding sources to help underwrite internationally acclaimed artists, educate young audiences, create important community programs and maintain our remarkable facility. Ticket sales and other earned income do not completely cover the costs of the Center’s numerous programs and education offerings. Only support from individuals, corporations, foundations and our public partners can make these programs possible.

Membership contributions sustain a spectacular array of services and programs and make Chandler a better place to live and visit. To become a member or to purchase tickets with no per-ticket fee, visit the Web site at www.chandlercenter.org