Jesse Rothacker and the Forgotten Friends Reptiles

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Ectothermic Animal Adventures

Being a REPTILE is an adventure! These ectothermic animals are buried alive as babies, they grow up as orphans, and they learn how to survive without teachers or parents! Jesse Rothacker shares his house with over 100 of these cold-blooded creatures. Come laugh and learn with Jesse and his scaley sidekicks, and check out some animal books, too!

Jesse is the founder and president of Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit reptile rescue and education organization. Jesse serves as the “Critter Correspondent” for the Kids Cookie Break radio show on WJTL 90.3, and a featured animal expert on television programs such as ABC 27‘s Good Day PA. Jesse is a founding member and board member of the Lancaster Herpetological Society, a partner organization focused on the conservation of reptiles and amphibians. Each year Forgotten Friend finds homes for unwanted pet reptiles and provides outreach programs for thousands of families.



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