If you missed the Predators of the Heart Wild Animal and Reptile Show on May 17, you missed an amazing show! Lake Stevens Little School Preschool of Lake Stevens partnered with Grace Academy of Marysville to host the animal show for both school families and the surrounding communities.
Audience members were spellbound as animal handler Dave Coleburn introduced the members of his traveling animal family. The show opened with his four foot American Alligator greeting the onlookers face to snout. The show continued to captivate the crowd for over an hour. Coleburn’s collection of animals from around the world included a twelve- foot king cobra, snapping turtle, Arctic fox, African augur buzzard, North American cougar, Green Mamba, North American gray wolf, and many more! As he introduced each animal, he educated the crowd about the animal’s diet, unique characteristics, and habitat.
Coleburn is the owner of Predators of the Heart Organization and resides in Anacortes, Washington on what he calls an “animal rescue and preservation establishment.” He has been traveling all over the Northwest educating and captivating audiences since 1998.
Lake Stevens Little School owner/director Paulette Habersetzer organized the event. “I heard how amazing the show was and really wanted to figure out a way to bring this awesome event to my preschool families,” Habersetzer com- mented. Finding a nearby location that would be ideal for the animals was one of the early challenges in the planning process. The venue also had to have ample parking and enough space to accommodate a large crowd rain or shine. Habersetzer decided to contact Principal Tim Lugg at Grace Academy where her kids attend school and propose the idea of hosting the event at the Academy. Lugg was enthused about hosting an event that would reach out to the local communities.
The event evolved into an evening of fun, food, and entertainment. It turned out to be a great opportunity to create an entire evening for families. The Grace Café was open offering spaghetti dinners and their famous king-size ice cream sandwiches and brownies. Face painting, pony rides and a chance to get a picture taken with an alligator or wolf pup also contributed to the success of the event. Looking back at the event, Lugg said, “It was a great night! People came with their families and had a great time seeing the wild animals and enjoying the good message.”