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Matt Schoebel A Master In His Element

By Chris Taylor Monday, March 19, 2018

Greetings friends and welcome to this week’s blog post! The weather is changing the Days are getting longer and heating bills are getting lower. That means it’s getting closer to opening day. You know who else is ready for the summer? Our very own Matt Schoebel.

If you’ve been following our weekly blog then you know that Matt has been representing our park down at the Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show. Now we’re from Wisconsin so we don’t have much of an idea what this grand event is, so let me try to give you some perspective on the show.

Think Summerfest, you know like Milwaukee has. Summerfest lasts for 13 days and is chocked full of bands to entertain the millions of visitors that float through. The Houston Livestock and Rodeo show lasts for 20 days and is just as big except with animals. It’s a national event and I showed some Houstonians the video we ran a couple of weeks ago about the camel rides and they educated me on how big an event it actually is.

Michael Jordan, Tom Brady and Matt Schoebel

At first glance the notoriety of the other two names above would make one wonder what this has to do with Matt. When it comes to understanding and working with animals Matt is at the head of his class. You see, he is a third generation professional animal handler. He and the animals from Timbavati Wildlife Park have been all of television and in parks and zoos everywhere.

In David Letterman’s final late show season Matt took a camel on the show for Jack Hannah to ride. He also gives wildlife presentations daily at the Houston Show. You see what makes Matt special and worthy of being mentioned in the pantheon of lore with to all-time greats is… he actually understands the animals.

You’ll frequently hear Matt say, the animals have their own personalities, just like you and I do and as we work with them on a daily basis, you have to respect how they feel. Understanding their care and comfort is just one part of what makes Matt such an awesome pro.

The People Portion

It’s one thing to understand the animals and their care. It’s a completely different thing to also engage humans. Matt’s animal presentations are flawless. Talk to him about any critter in our care and he knows their habits, their diets, their gestation periods, their animal classifications and what’s most important is he says it so that it is entirely relatable to the audience. You have to have the chops for presenting and lecturing. When you talk about animals and multiple species. Matt is the total package. He has to be, there’s a fourth generation of Schoebels that will walk in his footsteps and when you watch this week’s video, I think you’ll agree that not only does he deserve to be recognized as one of the best in his field but also that our future is in good hands at Timbavati Wildlife Park.

We’re open all year round with private tours daily. Our staff is incredibly knowledgeable and they’re here to answer questions as well. We want your experience to be fun and educational. That’s exactly what this week’s video is. Enjoy and we will talk next week!

http://www.fox26houston.com/archive/242446070-video#/

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