Review: Go Wild with Peter Gros

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Did you know that the Southeast Asian binturong puts off a scent that smells like hot buttered popcorn? Or that if a bird bites off the tail of a legless lizard it will grow back? Or that a Peruvian rainforest ant serves as “nature’s stitches”?

Learn even more fun wildlife facts Friday, Dec. 7 when Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom’s Peter Gros presents an amazing animal show perfect for all ages. Wildlife expert and conservationist Gros joined Wild Kingdom in 1985 where he remains as co-host. During his fun-filled 90-minute presentation, Gros shares stories about his wild adventures via video clips and live animal introductions (a giant screen provides audience members a detailed view).

I caught Thursday’s school presentation with a packed house of children who were on the edge of their seats with excitement as each animal came onto the stage. And Gros brings a wide range of critters, including hissing cockroaches, a tarantula, a porcupine, a Harris Hawk, a New Guinea singing dog named Tootsie, a lemur and a giant red-tailed boa constrictor named Julius Squeezer … just to name a few.

One of the best parts of the show — and most fun for kids — is the fact that Gros picks children from the audience to join him on stage for a real up-close-and-personal encounter with several of the animals while he shares interesting facts about each species’ characteristics, habits, feeding patterns and protective instincts.

This outstanding show is highly informative, educational and entertaining. It’s a perfect family outing and is here for one performance only at 7 p.m. at TPAC’s Polk Theater (505 Deaderick St., Nashville). Tickets are $15 – $40, available at 782-4040 or

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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