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"I would like to recommend the education programs that are very professionally presented by Animal Edutainment. This organization is dedicated to the preservation of our earth’s wildlife, and by teaching young people about our valuable resources, they hope to make the planet a better place to live. It’s organizations like Animal Edutainment who will provide the education for future generations. I highly recommend them for a program or presentation for your group."
Sincerely,
Jack Hanna 

Jack Hanna
Director Emeritus Columbus Zoo

Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures, David Letterman Show, Zoolife series & more.

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My sincere thank you to you and your staff for providing animals for Peter Gros' appearences. Because of individuals like you, we can educate the public about the importance of the natural world. We appreciate your help with these appearences and your dedication to wildlife. Thanks again and best wishes for continued success.
Sincerely,
Lisa Wadell, Mutual of Omaha

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"Through their expert handling of the animals they develop awareness, knowledge, sensitivity, and appreciation for wildlife and the environment. Their husbandry techniques assure that the animals in their care enjoy the best that captivity can offer."                                 Sincerely, Jim Dunlap

Jim Dunlap,
Plano ISD Living Materials Center

Thank you so much for performing at our Animal Planet Rescue Expos. Thanks to your participation the events have been a major success!
Best Regards,
Candace O'Neal
Discovery Networks/Animal Planet

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Texas Schools

"You were both so enthusiastic and informative. The kids and teachers just loved your program. We appreciate your timeliness, cleanliness, and instructional materials. What a Class Act!"
Carla Hamm/Argyle PTA
"The show was an absolute delight as evidenced in the children's notes. Many teachers have told me it's the best assembly we've had all year."
Jo Hainsworth/So Bosque PTA
"On behalf of Polser Elementary, I want to thank you for an excellent program. Many students, parents and faculty members have stopped me in the halls today to sing your praises! Everyone loved the animals, and are already asking me to book you again for the next year! The upper grade level teachers are also requesting performances! Thank you again for the wonderful presentation."
Susan Brown/Polser Elementary PTA Program Chair, Lewisville
"Just wanted to say thank-you again for the wonderful programs that you presented to the China Spring Elementary and Middle Schools. The kids and teachers just loved it!  We have received so many terrific comments on your program that they want to bring you back next year. Thanks again for bringing such a wonderful and educational program to our children."
Jennifer Roberie,
China Spring PTA
"Critterman will be on the list of "worth repeating" programs which we will pass on to next years board."
Diane Sanderson/Rogers PTA

"You made our 1st PTA Presentation a huge success. We hope to see you again soon!"
Laurie Taylor

"Thanks so much for the fantastic Explore Africa program you presented at our school Sept. 13. The kids had a wonderful time and learned a lot also. They are still talking about it.This program was just as fun for our adults as it was for our students!"
Beth Nett, Mary Moore PTA
"We would like to extend a big thank you for putting on such a great show. It was our first PTA meeting of the year and the attendance was beyond our expectations! We hope to have you back again next year."
Julie Fleming/VP Programs,
Harrington Elementary, Plano
"This week my two young boys got to see some interesting Texas animals at the Lake Dallas school PTA meeting. The Kingsnake was surprisingly shiny!  All the animals were a treat to see.Thank you for educating the kids in such an enjoyable way."
John via email
I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to speak to my class. Your choice of animals was great. My students are still talking about the snake!I would like to keep you in mind for next semester.
Barbara
University of Texas at Dallas
Science/Mathematics Education
"We loved your presentation and seeing the animals.  Your program is one of the best things we do at this grade level.  The kids and teachers always learn and enjoy.  Thanks again and we'll call soon to set up next year's visit!"
Paige Roberts, Shelton School
"We had our assembly this morning and it was absolutely wonderful ! I wasn't sure exactly what to expect since you haven't visited our school before...but the presentation exceeded my expectations. Lots of good facts and information for the kids and the animals themselves were fascinating!  Again, many thanks - your representatives did a marvelous job! "

Jennifer Burns, Indian Creek Elementary

"Thank you again for the wonderful animal presentation!

Everyone at our school, kids, parents, teachers and office staff, were all exceptionally pleased.  Our principal even stayed through both shows, which she said she never does!

Thank you again for such a professional performance."

Crystal Gattis, RE Good Elementary

 

"I wanted to let you know that the staff of Armstrong, and all of the parents that were able to see your program were extremely impressed. The program was educational, funny, and interesting.  I think that your program is the best one we have hosted in years."
Sharon Tipton/Armstrong Elementary PTA, Conroe, Texas

Thank you so much for your awesome presentation today.  I can see why you were voted D Magazines Top Children's Entertainer.  

The kids & teachers really loved it!!  Not only did our students learn a lot about rainforest animals but they had a BLAST doing it!  My 1st grade son said you were "hilarious" & rattled off lots of facts this evening about things he learned from you today.  

Thanks for being a voice for all the endangered little guys out there!!  Hope to have you back at Lakeside again soon!

Many Thanks! 
McKenna Marx, PTO Programs

 

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North Texas Librarians

"Dear Amazing Critterman!
I wanted to let you know how much everyone enjoyed your performance Saturday. The animals were a big hit as well. This type of show is such a refreshing change from our standard guests that I think the kids appreciate it even more.

Of course, comments from parents and children attending have been quite positive.  Our count showed there was around 110 kids and 56 adults attending, making your program one of our tops in attendance.  If anything comes out in the McKinney Courier Gazette, I will be sure to send you a copy.

Thank you again for sharing your dynamic personality and wonderful animals with our library patrons and for adding so much to this year's Summer Reading Program.  I look forward to having you as a guest in the future."
Gayle A. Travis/Youth Services Librarian, McKinney

"I would like to thank your Safari Guide for the wonderful program. I was truly impressed with the way they handled the animals and made the children feel comfortable around them.Your program is truly informative and educational. I especially like the way they pointed out the importance of each animal to our environment and to the human race. She made each animal memorable. Great job!"
Maricia Hardmon
W.W. Harrison Public Library
"It was so good to have you out again-thank you very much for your recent appearance at Keller Public Library. You were very professional and, as always, a big hit! Everyone enjoyed the show and I have had a lot of excellent feedback. we look forward to having you back in the near future! Once again, thanks!"
Cindy B. Macon, Keller
"I want to thank you for the delightfully educational hour you spent at Haltom City Library. Your presentation was very informative and extremely entertaining. You have many fans in our city eagerly awaiting a return engagement!"
Becky J. Deaton
Children's Services, Haltom City
"The kids were fascinated - and so were the adults."
Beverly Kirkendall, Children's Librarian/Hurst Public Library
I" would like to thank you for such a great
show.  My children and I have seen you twice at the Wylie library and really enjoyed it.  It is hard to entertain toddlers but you really have a knack.  You held the attention of my three and a half and one and a half kids for the entire show. Thanks again for your creative way of teaching children (and adults) about animals."

Sincerely,
Michelle Butler

"Dear Mr. Kleven (aka Critterman):

Thank you so much for coming to perform at Haggard Library on the 12th! As one of the staff here at Haggard I was fortunate enough to be able to sit in on your program.  Everyone I’ve talked to about it absolutely loved the show and came away excited about the work you’re doing and about the animals you introduced them to. One of our young patrons came up to me the week after your program and told me that he wants to do what you do one day. I can’t imagine that it can get more satisfying than that. 

Thanks for giving your audience a chance to see and touch and learn about the various creatures you were able to bring with you.  You and your program were really an inspiration to kids and parents alike.  Best of all, I think they all came away with a greater appreciation for the importance of understanding and protecting all kinds of life. 

Once again, thank you, and hopefully your path and that of the Plano Public Library System will cross again."

Sincerely,

Lara Barrett, Youth Services Representative
Haggard Library

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Birthday Party Clientele References

 "Thank you, Critterman! We had so much fun!" Love Ashleigh & Hunter

"We wanted to thank you for creating a wonderful birthday memory for our bug and critter-loving Nate's 5th birthday. You did a wonderful job with him and his friends. Your fun-loving, and knowledgeable attitude, not to mention your animals and bugs far exceeded our expectations!

We grin from ear to ear every time we watch the video...I know Nate will remember this experience the rest of his life! Thanks for creating such a wonderful time for us... keep up the good work!!"

Nate, Brian & Shannon Welty
"The kids were totally mesmerized with your presentation. We know that holding the attention of a group of kids this age is no simple feat, and you did it with style! Out of curiosity, I asked some of the children questions about your animals a week later to see what they would remember and was pleasantly surprised to find that they were able to recall a great deal. Thank you again for giving parents an alternative to the standard fare in children's entertainment.  We hope that your business continues to grow and that our daughter will be invited to more parties where you are featured."
Whit & Sherry Dieterich
"Thank you so much for making Jarred's 4th birthday party so special. The program was spectacular. You are truly gifted to put on such an excellent show for such young children. Thanks again."
Geoff & Julie Davis
"You were great and made Christopher's party quite a success. Thanks again for doing such a great job, your patience was much appreciated."
Peggy Keasler
"Just wanted to pass along a quick "thank you" for the great presentation on Sunday. Not only did the kids have a great time but I heard favorable comments from the adults present. Thanks again and keep up the good work!"
Steve McCoy
"The Safari Guide was absolutely fantastic and the children and parents were delighted with his style and wit. It is obvious that he loves both his work and children - and his rapport with the "critters" and kids is outstanding. It takes a special person to display the patience and understanding."
Doris Armstrong
We wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you did at Justan's party. He loved the show, and we were more than impressed with the presentation. You did a wonderful job and exceeded our expectations. We will definitely put in a word for you with all our friends... Thanks again!!!!                                    
Tessie and Jason Smith
Just a note to say "Wow!" Your presentation yesterday at First United Methodist Church of Ferris was a big hit.  Any time you can keep 45 kids, ages 3 to 13, sitting on the edge of their seats for nearly an hour you are definitely a showman!  Thank you so much for your method of introducing and telling about God's creatures.  Your name has already been requested by a couple more organizations in our area.
Charlotte Cottongame
Dave and Miss Kage,

I cannot begin to thank you - you both made my son's birthday party the day of his life!!  All the parents were extremely impressed with your ability to work with and keep young children focused!  You were amazing!

I am trying hard to think of another occasion soon where we can invite you back!

Thank you very much for making his day and ours so very special!!!!

Katy Henderson

 

 

Wanted to thank you for making my child's birthdy special. He adores animals. I hope you will be able to come to my school again this summer. My son Julian will be there. I loved it.

Dee Jammal

"Thanks so much for doing the most amazing job at Payton's 5th birthday.  You created -without a doubt - one of the best parties we and our friends/family have ever attended for a child.  You were interesting to the adults and children and so informative about the
animals.  I appreciate the way you maintained boundaries with the children and completely had 12 preschoolers engaged - "Put your hands on your head if you're a good listner".......LOVED IT!!

We all learned something last Saturday - thanks for doing what you do!  We look forward to seeing you next year too!"


Payton, Joley and Brian Martin
What an awesome CritterWoman!!! We absolutely loved her and the kids did too.  Several moms commented on how great she was with the kiddos.  She seemed very comfortable with them and was very cool with everyone!!!!  She handled a room full of 6 year old boys like a pro!! Thanks for a very memorable party and making my sons birthday perfect. 

Diana Meeks

I just wanted to say that this party was THE BEST EVER.  Thank you so much!

The young lady that did our show was WONDERFUL!! 

The animals were wonderful and the children were so engaged with the information. 

I will recommend you to anyone I know who will be having a party.

Thanks again, it really made my son's day very special and we will all remember this.


Natalie Reichert
Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful presentation at Hannah’s birthday party.  Thanks for making her feel soooo special as the birthday girl!  All the kids and their parents had a blast and they learned so much too!  You did an awesome job and the critters did too!
Tara & David Pfiffner

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Other North Texas Organizations

"Thank you again for your wonderful performances at our Family First Summer Fun Days. The response from the public has been great.  We had over 7,000 people attend the events.  They were a real success and we could not have done them without you!"

Nann Goplerud, WFAA-TV

"I wanted to thank everyone at Animal Edutainment for participating in our Special Events. You are all fun to work with and have a professional presentation.  Great job and thank you again."

Randy Rogers, Recreation Manager
"I can't say thanks enough for the great job you did entertaining our Cub Scouts."

Brent Smith, Cubmaster Pack 751, Richardson
"Critterman was a huge hit at the Kids Funfest.  The children really loved you and the animals."

Amanda Gast, Program Coordinator
"We have had you all out numerous times for our youth and teen programs. Our participants always enjoy your shows, as do the staff. Your wide variety of presentations and your flexibility to coordinate to our specific needs have been second to none. The staff is very knowledgeable and "kid friendly". This is a terrific organization.  We always look forward to your next show. We will see you soon! Thanks again!"

Maria Dunigan,
City of Farmers Branch

Dear Critterman,
Just wanted to tell you THANK YOU for a fabulous evening last night!  I have been told by just about everyone who was there how much they enjoyed your presentation. It was not only fun, and educational, but it also inspired many of us...We all had a wonderful time and I will be asking you back again for a Kids Church program in the fall. Thanks again!  May the Lord bless you....Himself being the richest blessing!


Warmly, Kim Talkington,TBC Children's Ministry Director
"I would like to commend the young lady who was...at Reunion Arena teaching the kids about animals. She was very entertaining. If you can keep the attention of my 7 year old, you have my vote... whenever we have another get together with kids, you will be our main attraction. We, as parents, learned a lot as well."

Stephanie C. Cook-Jones
"Thanks for a great show!  Both Susan and Eric are obviously professionals who enjoy their job; we appreciated the way they brought the message to the audience.  Thanks again for coming such as long way!"

Eric Finkelstein,

Amistad National Recreation Area
Dear Critterman,
 We had one of your speakers at our Pack meeting in Frisco last night and he was wonderful. Thank you so much for giving my scouts a fun night. They were better behaved for him than I have ever seen them-because he was so interesting and funny. I am defiantly passing your name around at the Scout events I attend.
Thanks again,

Lynn Boyles, Pack 282 Committee Chair

Thank you for participating in the Earth Day 2002 & 2003 Enviro Fairsand helping to make them a huge success. We appreciate the time you took to assist us in making the Enviro Fair a fun and learning event for the children.

Thanks again for you participation and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

United States Environmental Protection Agency - Region 6

Dear Critterman,
Hey, this is kristen gambill, remember me I live on lake worth & you came to my b-day party & I am in the wheelchair & I know jack hanna. Remember how I was afraid to have freckles around my neck? Well guess what?  I volunteer at the Fort worth nature center now & we have two snakes that we take out in classes & they slide all over me.  I"M CURED!  Well you and mrs critterman will have to come visit me there.

Kristen Gambill

Susan-
Just a quick note to let you know how much my family and I enjoyed your presentation yesterday at Oktoberfest!!  Both you and Eric did a great job!  Your enthusiasm and knowledge were astounding!  I especially liked how you brought out a snake at the end.  Being one of the most feared animals, I think by letting people see them up close and feel them shows that they are just animals and not scary, evil creatures! Thanks again!  I know everyone in my family walked away learning something new!!

The Dillard Family

 

All I can say is “WOW”!! 

Dave, the program was excellent . You captivated the audience, and did a wonderful job managing the kids. 

I appreciate so much that you agreed to share your knowledge and skills with us today. The program was entertaining and educational it was truly Edutainment!!!

 In Rotary,

Sharron Miles
District Governor 2011-2012
Rotary District 5790

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