Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Zoozort provides live animal programs for schools, libraries, scout pack meetings, blue and gold dinners, children's expos, fairs, company picnics, company parties, reunions and of course birthday parties. Everybody loves animals, any age.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. You want to make sure the exhibitor is licensed. I am a USDA licensed animal exhibitor and that means that a Veterinarian inspects the animals, where they live, how they are housed, cared for, etc. The UDSA also has it's own inspector that checks to make sure that the animals are being kept up to USDA standards. They make sure the animals are healthy and are properly cared for. The inspector also checks to see where the animals come from. If they are licensed they should be able to provide you with a license number. As well as being licensed to exhibit animals, you should also check to see if they carry insurance.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. At Zoozort, we use an interactive hands-on approach to teach about natural animal behavior emphasizing habitat, nutrition, conservation,and appreciation - sparking an interest that will last a lifetime. Simply choose the animals that you would like to see and we'll customize a program just for you, making it age appropriate so everyone has a great time. We get children and adults involved by letting them see and touch the animals. It is common knowledge that most people remember what they enjoy; our programs use a positive and fun approach so you do not even realize you are learning, you are simply having a good time with family and friends. It's the perfect combination of fact and fun!
We truly believe it is important not only to inform and educate people about animals and the world around us, but it also helps teach empathy and respect. We feel that if one can learn to love, care and respect animals, it is the first step in learning to love, care and respect the people with whom we share our earth.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Where do we get our animals from?
Many of our animals are born right here at Zoozort. Some came from other animal exhibitors, who do programs similar to what we do. Most of our animals are adopted, from people who could no longer keep them.
What time will my exhibitor arrive?
About 10 to 15 minutes before your show is scheduled to start.
How much space do I need in my house for the animal show?
Each animal mat is 6x8 and more cane be added for larger groups, the children will sit on your floor around that. The animals are in covered boxes and will need a space behind the animal exhibitor.
Can I serve food at the animal show?
No. There is no food or drink allowed during the animal show. In fact, it's a good idea not to have food around the show area.
Can I have a rain date?
We do not give out rain dates. We will allow you to cancel one time only; due to bad weather.
What is your cancellation policy?
If cancellation is given 10 days prior to first date schedule, 80% of deposit will be refunded. In case of bad weather or illness, party can be rescheduled one time only, within one year of original scheduled date. Deposit is not refundable on rescheduled parties.
Will the animals bite?
Our animals are used to children; they enjoy going to shows and meeting people. However, they are still animals and should be treated with respect. Our programs are structured and controlled, so the animals enjoy what they are doing and remain calm.
How do I pick my animals?
From the Animal List. The younger children seem to like the animals that do things during the show (eat, take a bath, etc.)
Do any of these animals make good pets?
Most of the animals at Zoozort do NOT make good pets, but there are a few that do. Before we even get started with defining what makes "a good pet," if you truly are interested in owning an exotic animal, the first question that needs to be answered is "What laws and regulations govern what animals in your state and country?" You need to be very thorough in this investigation and cover state, county, municipal, and local zoning regulations. If you violate any of these regulations you risk having your animal taken from you (we have received many animals this way).
After you have found out what the laws are, we can look into what makes "a good pet." First, establish how much time you have to spend with your new pet. Who will take care of the pet? What does the pet eat, and is the person feeding it afraid of what it eats? How much room will the pet need? How big will it get? How much can the pet be handled? Now, if you still want to own an exotic pet, here are some suggestions: Chinchilla, Corn Snake, Leopard Gecko, Bearded Dragon, Ball Python.
These are only suggestions, do your research, and remember to give your pet lots of love and care. Just remember, if you take the time to do things right, you will end up with a quality animal.
For more information on laws and regulations, please contact:
United States Department of Agriculture and Plant Health Inspection Services
Wisconsin Deparment of Natural Resources
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
While working as a nursery school teacher, Noelle Tarrant discovered an exciting and safe way for children to imagine and explore the world of animals. Bringing animals into her classroom and then into private homes, she has been a licensed animal educator for over 20 years. Her experience working with children of all ages has given her the ability to capture their attention and maintain an almost story-telling atmosphere with interactive questions and demonstrations. Her enthusiasm about animals is contagious and she loves being able to share her passion for animal welfare with children and adults.
You never know where you might see Noelle Tarrant and Zoozort animals. They have appeared on Animal Planet and CNN's Educational Showcase - even Verizon and Nike commercials, and a few magazine ads such as "Sports Illustrated"