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McNeese Banners to present Peter Gros of Wild Kingdom fame

March 26, 2019 | McNeese Public Relations
Peter Gros smiles at the camera while feeding a tiger.

Wildlife expert Peter Gros will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, in McNeese State University’s F.G. Bulber Auditorium as part of the 2019 Banners at McNeese season.

Gros has almost 30 years of field experience with wildlife. As the former director of land animals and vice president at Marine World/Africa USA, he and his team established breeding programs for hundreds of endangered animals. He has also developed a rehabilitation program for birds of prey and the largest captive breeding colony of ostriches in the United States.

He was the host of the original “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” series, a program honored with 41 major awards, including four Emmys and an endorsement by the National PTA for television programming recommended for family viewing.

Gros is a frequent lecturer on conservation and preservation at universities, zoos, theaters and nature and science centers around the nation. His goal is to share his passion for the natural world with young people across the planet, inspiring them to protect animals both locally and globally. 

Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for students under 18 and free for McNeese and Sowela students with current IDs.

Banners is supported by ticket sales, memberships, corporate sponsors and grants. For more information about the program or tickets, visit the Banners website at or call the Banners office at 337-475-5123.

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-456-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired or by email at