Jeff Corwin and his furry (and scaly) friends, this Wednesday!

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Jeff Corwin

If you’ve ever wondered what the heck a binturong is, wonder no more — Animal Planet star Jeff Corwin is bringing one along with him — as well as some other very cool critters — this Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. (admission is free) when he appears in Memorial Hall with his live presentation “Tales from the Field.”  (A binturong, if you are too lazy to use Wikipedia, is a nocturnal, civet-like mammal also called the “Asian bearcat,” which exudes a scent described as reminiscent of warm buttered popcorn.)

So this may be a historic first – as in the first time a binturong has performed on the Memorial Hall stage.  (Although one frat guy on the last Greek Skit Night bore a close resemblance…even down to that popcorn smell.)  Corwin, we have learned, also plans to bring a porcupine, a kinkajou and an armadillo, as well as a panoply of reptiles.  Yup, an alligator, too!

Binturong: "Somethin' smells like popcorn..."

Although no deal could be worked out to sell books at Memorial Hall, Corwin will be  happy to autograph his latest book, Living on the Edge: Amazing Relationships in the Natural World, available in paperback at most booksellers, after the show.

Animal Planet audiences best know Corwin as host of The Jeff Corwin Experience, one of the most popular shows on cable television. The series reaches more than 13 million viewers in the United States and is viewed in more than 70 countries worldwide.  Since 2000, Corwin has partnered with Animal Planet and Discovery Communications as host and executive producer of The Jeff Corwin Experience. He also serves as the executive producer of the new series Corwin’s Quest.   When not in the field, Jeff lectures on wildlife, ecology and conservation to audiences across the United States. Jeff also established an interactive museum and environmental education center called the EcoZone. Based in Norwell, Mass., the town where Jeff spent his childhood, the goal of the EcoZone is to build awareness for the wildlife and ecology unique to the wetlands of southeastern Massachusetts.  Presented by Associated Students.  For more information, call 714-906-6429.

Dawn Bonker

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