Wildlife program set at Broadalbin-Perth

BROADALBIN – The Broadalbin-Perth High School auditorium will have a tropical feel when it’s transformed into a rain forest Jan. 8.

The nonprofit organization Understanding Wildlife will bring its exotic birds, jungle cats, monkeys, kinkajous and snakes for an evening program called “Live on Stage, the Rain Forest.”

The event will be open to the public.

“Our show will make you feel like you are right in the middle of the tropical rain forest with the beautiful sounds and sights of the Amazon region,” Marcia Kohlrieser, who operates Understanding Wildlife with her husband, Mike, said in a news release.

During the day, the animal trainers of Understanding Wildlife will give a presentation to students at The Learning Community and B-P Intermediate School on how energy conservation and recycling can help save the animals of the rain forest.

At the evening show, children and adults will be invited to interact with the creatures whose natural habitat is the rain forest.

Understanding Wildlife was founded by Mike Kohlrieser in the 1980s, when he and Marcia became increasingly aware of problems in the tropical rain forests, the news release said.

Using his background as an animal trainer and stage entertainer, Kohlrieser wanted to educate people about the animals facing possible extinction, the news release said.

The couple and their crew travel around the country during the school year presenting the program.

The show will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Broadalbin-Perth High School auditorium.

Tickets cost $5 per person and will be available at the door. Children younger than 3 will be admitted for free.