Q. How did you get started doing this type 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"
Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
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 would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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.