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Exotic animals to be showcased at SU

Have you ever wanted to get an up-close look at a red-tailed kangaroo? What about a Bearded Dragon?

On April 12 from 7-10 p.m., students may get the opportunity. In a presentation sponsored by Mustang Activities and Programming (MAP), Ed Laquidara will be at Stevenson University to perform a free program showcasing his rescued exotic animals.

“Though the animal line-up is always subject to change – sometimes due to the animals’ moods – he is set to deliver a three hour presentation,” said Shahrose Noman, a program director for MAP. “It’s as educational as it is fun.”

Ed Laquidara's mission is to rescue, feed, and shelter exotic animals. (Photo from Ed Laquidara's website)
Laquidara handles a variety of exotic animals that he rescues. (Photo from Ed Laquidara’s website)


Based in Bolton, Mass., Laquidara has been rescuing animals for over 35 years. According to Laquidara’s website, his mission is simple: rescue, feed and shelter exotic animals as well as educate people about the exotic animal world along with a variety of other topics.

“I’m really excited,” said junior Hailey Bedford. “I’ve heard awesome things about it. It is really cool that he is able to teach people while also helping animals.”


Though he has visited Stevenson University before, Laquidara has become a prominent performer among colleges all along the East Coast and beyond. According to his website, Laquidara has travelled to over 30 colleges and universities with his rescued animals.

(Photo from Ed Laquidara's website)
Laquidara attends many colleges and universities in the United States. He allows students to get up close and personal to the exotic animals. (Photo from Ed Laquidara’s website)

He and his team deliver hundreds of lectures and seminars each year to private organizations, corporations, science centers, museums, public and private schools, universities, colleges and more, according to his website.

“I heard about the show he did here a few years back,” said junior Sara Miller. “I’ve only heard good things.”

According to Noman, Laquidara and his team came to Stevenson about two years ago. Though the show was a hit, MAP stresses that this year’s animal line-up will most likely be different.


As for possible inclusions in Laquidara’s show, students may have the opportunity to see the aforementioned red-tailed kangaroo and bearded dragon, as well as a Nile crocodile, chinchilla and Canadian lynx, among other exotic animals.

The actual line-up won’t be known until the day of the event. Regardless, Laquidara and his team promise a one-of-a-kind show.

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