Meet our team of cute critters and humane educators 


 Our Humane Education Director adopted Hazel. Her sweet-as-can-be demeanor and love for kids made her a perfect fit for our education team. A few of her favorite things are tennis balls and neck scratches. Children’s faces light up when Hazel enters their classroom. She helps kids learn how to meet a dog properly and even helps some overcome their fears. Hazel is a true ambassador and steals the hearts of everyone she meets. 


Perhaps our most intriguing education animal, Paul is a cloud-like ball of wonder (officially called a chinchilla). His unique fur and body often bring about many questions, making him a delight to share. Even when the questions have been exhausted, this chinchilla continues to amuse those who meet him with his silly shenanigans.


Murray, a silver long-haired bunny rabbit - education critter

It’s hard not to picture a wizard when you see Murray in person! It’s something about his wild bangs and sweeping mutton chops that give him a magical air. Murray can cast spells on even shy hearts—his calm nature, cute poses, nose wiggles, and love of head pets tend to get everyone he meets to fall in love. Murray has been part of our education team since he was only weeks old. He has grown into his role as an education ambassador flawlessly and thrives off the adoration he receives. 


Nyx might not have the mythology surrounding her that her namesake does, she is still a legendary education team member! A master of storytelling… Nyx aspires to teach about the history of guinea pigs as pets. Did you know that once upon a time, humans thought that guinea pigs had healing powers? While they might not be able to make a wound disappear, they sure can make your day better! 

Snoop Hoggy Hog

An albino hedgehog - education critters

Don’t let his prickly appearance or red eyes fool you! Snoop Hoggy Hog is a laid-back hedgehog who thrives on naps and snacks. One of our most popular education animals, Snoop teaches the most about patience, body language, and what it takes to own an exotic animal (even the not-so-fun cleaning up part). Every bit as sweet as he is spiney, Snoop is both pleasant to hold and entertaining to watch. 


Our second hedgehog, Katya, delights everyone with her wiggles and love of stealing scrunchies. While Snoop Hoggy Hog loves to teach about getting in and out of a protective ball, Katya loves to show off her surprisingly long legs (that can get her running at 4mph)!. 

Matilda & Carolina

Crushing stigmas and breaking stereotypes, Matilda and Carolina can turn even the most fearful individuals into rat lovers with just a twitch of their whiskers. Whether it’s a maze building activity that shows off rat intelligence, or just a meet-and-greet that shows off these two’s personalities, Matilda and Carolina win hearts over daily. They are curious, treat-loving, shoulder surfing, sociable girls with the motto, “treat animals with kindness.”

Milton & Nellie

A pair of cute ferrets - education critters

These fuzzy, slinky-like ferrets easily win the affection and adoration of every kid they meet! Playful like kittens, snuggly like puppies, and mischievous to boot, Milton and Nellie have something to offer no matter what you like. The only true carnivores of the education critter team, these two ferrets have loads to teach about their needs and care.


a hamster named macbeth

Just like a Shakespeare poem, Macbeth the hamster will charm you. Though he cannot talk, his long locks of fur and puppy-like eyes tell a story all of their own. Macbeth is eager to cross many little hands and teach about his ever-fascinating cheek pouches and hamster habits.

Princess Lady Glitter Sparkles


Macbeth the hamster may inspire a new haircare routine, but Princess Lady Glitter Sparkles encourages imagination and creativity. The Princess has been asleep underground for one hundred years and needs a bright kiddo to solve a riddle to wake her up…What occurs once in every minute, once for any hamster, yet never occurs in a thousand years?

The letter m! 

cat drawing
Kids can also visit the most social cats in Kitty City virtually or during camp.

Small Pets and Critters Education Area

Guinea Pigs

Rabbits is another comprehensive resource for those who want to learn more.



Visit our Humane Education page to learn more.