With over 60 years of combined experience, Clyde and Chad Peeling have presented countless lectures to audiences throughout the United States on a variety of topics.
Venom – The study of venom is a fascinating, sometimes scary, science with implications for evolutionary biology, medicine, and public health. This program focuses on recent discoveries in venom and features an exciting mix of iconic live animals including a Gila monster, cobra, rattlesnake, monitor lizard, and gaboon viper–presented in a safe and entertaining format by Chad Peeling.
Life in Scales: Dinosaurs and their Living Relatives – This fast-paced program explores one of the most successful groups of animals the world has ever known. For more than 200 million years, they have inhabited land, sea, and skies. Much of what we see about reptiles in popular culture is outdated or wrong. They are not all plodding, cold-blooded creatures. Reptiles display an astonishing diversity of lifestyles, bodies, and adaptations. They include the largest land animals in history, the fastest creatures ever to take flight, and some of the most tender parents known. Life in Scales features a variety of live reptiles (including a dinosaur!), cutting edge science, excitement, and fun.
Urban Islands – This program, presented by Clyde Peeling, is about islands; not natural islands surrounded by water, but man-made islands resulting from highways, agriculture, and development that fragment once continuous habitats. Using live reptiles as examples of endemic species found nowhere else on the planet, Clyde quickly brings his audience to understand that small islands and small populations more often lead to extinction. A live timber rattlesnake is his prop as he explains how the rattlesnake habitat in the mountains of northeastern United States is carved up with roads and highways, ultimately leaving snake populations vulnerable to extinction.
Other possible topics include the amphibian extinction crisis, zoos and conservation, and the evolution of biodiversity. Programs can also be tailored to fit your needs. Please call 570.538.1869 or contact us here for more information.
About the Lecturers
Clyde Peeling lectures extensively throughout the United States and is a respected member of the zoological community. National Television appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, The Jon Stewart Show, NBC Today Show and others. He brings a wealth of personal experience to his programs gained from decades of expeditions to Africa, India, the Galapagos Islands, and the South American Amazon Basin. His experience spans more than 40 years. Clyde recently published a book called Reptiland: How a Boyhood Dream became a Modern Zoo which details the story of Reptiland. It is available for purchase in the Natural Selections Gift Shop and online at amazon.com.
Chad Peeling has lectured to audiences about natural history for over 20 years. He spent his childhood exploring the unusual backyard at Reptiland, handling crocodilians and snakes before he could drive. He went on to earn a degree in Zoo Management, a self-designed major, from Susquehanna University. His background in biology and zoo experience combined with a talent for communicating with all age levels make him uniquely qualified to present unforgettable programs.
Programs for Colleges, Universities, and Organizations
Single program – $2,500.00
Two programs back-to-back – $3,500.00
For primary and secondary school pricing, please call 570.538.1869. Limited dates available.
Staff lecturers also present programs to audiences of all ages; visit our Assembly Programs page for programs and fees.
A travel fee of $0.50 per mile round trip from Allenwood, Pennsylvania applies for all programs.
An additional fee of $50.00 applies to all weekend and evening programs (evening programs are those starting after 4:30pm).
Overnight lodging only when necessary (early morning or late evening programs more than 150 miles from Allenwood, PA).