Here’s a clip of NWF’s most recent appearance on the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb to promote National Wildlife Week.

Of the two hosts, Hoda is a the more skittish when it comes to the animals I bring on the show, especially when it comes to touching or holding them.  So I was particularly proud of her this time around, as she bravely held out her hand to hold a creature that is actually venomous, an emperor scorpion.

Watch the segment and join me in congratulating Hoda on her bravery, which helped me get the message out that just because an animal has the ability to sting (or bite or scratch or whatever) doesn’t mean it needs to be unnecessarily feared,  just respected.

And of course, enjoy the other extraordinary wildlife I brought with me too!