Rochester, NY

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Wildlife Educators Coalition, Inc.

11 Suburban Drive, PO Box 214
Avon, New York 14414
Phone: 585-259-7112
Contact: Karin Fires

WILDLIFE EDUCATORS COALITION is a group of 12 families who own exotic pets.  These animals are our treasures and we treat them as such.  They are not commodities. We have bugs, birds, mammals and reptiles. We work together to present educational programs and exhibits.  We have standard programs  – RAINFOREST WONDERS, PREDATORS AND PREY, and NATURAL ADAPTATIONS; among others.  We will also create a unique program to fulfill a client’s theme or lesson plan.  Programs include science, personal stories that are funny and/or touching, and when it is legal and prudent, a chance to pet an animal.  We include points on conservation, respect, and responsibility.  We schedule time for Q & A.  We adapt to the audience age.  Our programs fulfill many of the New York State education standards.  Live animals are a resource that engages, entertains and educates like nothing else.

We do programs for schools, day care, seniors and anyone who is interested and respectful.  We charge fees for programs to help with expenses.  We have all appropriate licenses, liability insurance and many years of experience.

Wish List:
  • animal toys: for birds, dogs and cats
  • gift certificates:, Country Max, etc 
  • hand sanitizer, paper towels 
  • linens: pillowcases, towels, blankets 
  • natural, non-toxic cleaning products
  • old newspapers
  • toddler toys

    (Exotic animals have exotic needs, and most donations of food are not appropriate.)

Volunteers Needed:


General help with:

  • Cleaning. 
  • Set up and tear down for programs and festivals .
  • Animal handling.
  • Talking to clients at festivals and public events about the animals.
  • Safeguarding animals/visitors.

Focused help with:

  • Fundraising.
  • Sales of programs and merchandise.
  • Becoming an animal owner member of our organization.
  • Marketing and public relations.

Teen Opportunities
  • Any of our general, non-administrative opportunities are suitable for teens.


Listing reviewed by agency 9/15/20. (Address updated.)

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