Toni talks about Jurassic Garage and how everything got started back in 1997.
Throughout the years we have been asked for help when pet owners had to give up their pets in Hong Kong. We have taken in a significant amount of animals in our facilities. They were either adopted by us and live here for a lifetime, or rehomed to appropriate caregivers.
Animals that are adopted by us have an opportunity to become our Animal Ambassadors if evaluated by our staff to be suitable.
If you need to surrender a pet, Contact us and leave details of your animals for adoption.
Every time when I say I want to show you some creepy crawlies people are expecting spiders and snakes but no one will expect these.
I think these are creepier than spiders.
Shongololo, The Giant African Millipede
these are the African giant millipedes.
when i was in south Africa local people called them an interesting name shongololo they told me it means a train it’s a luxury way to travel millipedes are generally smaller way smaller than this this is the world’s largest species of millipede
How many legs do they have?
they’re named milli-pede but actually they don’t have that many legs as the name suggests
so different species have different numbers of legs the african giant millipedes usually have 256 legs
so they have 64 segments on each segment there are two pairs of legs
this is the head you can see two antennae
it feels satisfying when they’re crawling on your hand so many legs tickling you at the same time amazing creature so they live in the forests rainforests and dry forests
I have seen them in a lot of different places in Africa
they can be living on the ground many people think they are burrowers but actually i have seen them climbing trees they can climb very well
if you’re new to these animals you may be confused
How to tell the difference between a centipede and a millipede?
they can look very similar to most people especially when you see one in the wild when they’re moving quickly when they move quickly that’s usually a centipede because millipedes are slow they are not fast at all usually millipedes are smaller but because these are the largest millipedes so they get this big they’re usually a lot smaller they’re usually just like this
and if you can take a close look it’s easier to identify you can look at the legs so these are millipedes they have their legs underneath the body centipedes have their legs on the side
and you don’t want to handle a centipede bare hand because centipedes are venomous millipedes are harmless
They’re actually very good for the ecosystem
they are herbivores they eat plants
the feces is very good for the plants that’s a fertilizer and also they clean up the floor of the rainforest by eating all the fallen rotten fruits
just like a janitor so the ecosystem needs these animals to clean up the environment wow amazing look how they move they don’t move all the legs at the same time
and the legs movement looks like waves
i’m not sure if i can show the camera it’s too small if you look closely you can see tiny little bugs on their body so that is actually very common those are mites but don’t be scared those mites are not the mites that live in a mammal’s body those are different kinds of mites they live on the body of a millipede and they’re actually good for each other so the mites will eat the leftover food from the millipede’s body so they can get food and they clean up the millipede’s body
so they are in a symbiotic relationship they’re helping each other living peacefully together
It is a perfect example of misunderstood animals
most people when they look at them they think oh gross scary creepy but actually they are peaceful harmless clean animals that actually help the ecosystem
the world is full of misunderstanding
i hope you have learned something help spread the words and let more people understand the good side of these animals we do need them in our world i’ll let them go
it’s also very satisfying looking at them just walking.
Teachers React To Our Creepy Crawlers
Helping People Overcome Fear Of The Bugs They Had Never Touched
Millipedes are harmless, but often get killed by people. Why? That’s because they are mistaken for centipedes which are venomous.
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
Education is not just a talk or slide show presentation. Hands-on experience is what really inspires people to have new thoughts.
Part-time Animal Handlers (few openings)
- A rare opportunity to work directly with wildlife professionals
- Rare, paid experience working with animals which volunteers have to pay for in many organizations
- Fun, joyful work environment
- An occasion to work in private, exclusive venues with VIP guests
- All tips go to the staff
- A passion for wildlife
- Happy to handle small animals of all kinds (with training provided)
- Willing to work with children
- Work at different locations where some may not be near an MTR station
- Work both indoors and outdoors
- Team player who is willing to learn
- High sense of responsibility and patience
- Positive attitude
- Able to work during:
- Weekday mornings and afternoons
- Weekend mornings and afternoons
- Weekday mornings and afternoons
If you are interested in this offer, please send us your CV.
Toni was invited to go live on TV for RTHK 31 All Being Well with Alyson Hau and Ben Cullen. The entire team and the production are so professional. There’s no script and not much preparation in advance. That’s fun! They learned about animals. We learned how a live TV show is produced smoothly. Our panther chameleon and Dominican mountain boa were doing a great job as well!
Behind the scenes:
The Official TV show:
Questions for Toni from students of FabSummer School:
00:46 How old are you?
01:29 What type of animals are spiders?
02:19 What does nocturnal mean?
03:09 Why you don’t afraid of animals?
05:52 What animals do you like the most?
06:59 Can Axolotls actually regenerate their bodies?
08:25 How do pets eat Mr. Toni?
09:55 Can your spiders makes spider web?
10:17 Why didn’t your hedgehog quill you?
11:29 Why is your hair like this?
14:14 If beetles live for 3-6 months, how will they become adults sooo fast?
16:04 If the animal has no eye lids, how can we tell they are sleeping?
17:05 Why the python’s body is so fat while it’s head is so thin?
19:03 Do you have a snowy owl?
19:12 I wonder the animals live together in a cage? or live alone?
20:14 How do the snake pee?
21:26 Can Chameleons lose tail?
22:07 Why did you decide to become a zoologist?
22:47 What will eat snakes?
We have recently adopted and rehomed many pets that couldn’t make it to stay with their families due to the mass emigration from Hong Kong.
This chinchilla is from a repatriating expat. She was so sad and couldn’t hold her tears when I picked him up. I hope this video will make her feel better when she misses him.
I can’t wait to let this new boy meet my chinchilla girl. They’re about the same age. I heard he’s never had a girlfriend before 🙂 My girl has never had a boyfriend either.
Among all the popular pet small mammals like hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, bunnies, chipmunks, squirrels, meerkats, prairie dogs, mongooses, skunks, raccoons, jerboas, gerbils, hedgehogs, ferrets, and sugar gliders, Chinchillas are one of the most sought-after exotic pets, especially in Asia. But ironically the climate here is way too hot for these fluff balls originally from the Andes mountains. We have to keep our chinchillas in rooms with AC on 24/7 together with other “cool” animals such as axolotls, many salamanders, mandarin rat snakes, impressed tortoises, fire snails, etc
My Neighbor Totoro the 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten made chinchillas known to many people. And, Minccino the Pokémon is a chinchilla. Did you know that?
During the over 4,000 kids parties we have done, we have tried all sorts of cakes you could buy in Hong Kong. Many animal-themed cakes were nice, but not quite like “real” animals.
We are specialized in wildlife and, on the side, our owner also runs a western restaurant in Central – That’s why we started making animal cakes!
Our cakes don’t only look great but also make a lot of sense biologically, based on the details of real animals – The body structure, colors, skin, scales, physical characteristics, and all details of the exact species that are literally living in nature.
All our cakes are custom. Other than realistic ones, if you’d like imaginary animals we can also make it. Please let us know your favorite animal and details for your cake.
The hiking trails have never been busier than now. It’s especially important to know about our local wildlife and what/how to do/not do when encountering them on a hike.
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Also learn about the Hong Kong Wildlife we have recorded – Photos and descriptions of each species.