YOUR kids can win a Wildview Game Camera!

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Kingdom Zoo wants YOUR KIDS to win this Wildlview Game Camera. Here’s how…

*Submit any wildlife photo they have taken on your digital camera, smart phone or game camera.

*It doesn’t matter if it’s a bird at a feeder, squirrel in the park, big buck on game cam at the deer lease or an animal in a zoo. We just want your kids to shoot wildlife photos.

*Send those photos to me via email to by Thursday. On Friday we’ll put them up (with no names attached) and let our FB universe vote on the best. This week’s pic wins this Wildview Game Camera!

Let’s start seeing some pics come in.

Chester Moore, Jr.


MONSTER cottonmouth (photo)

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The author's daughter staring down a monster Florida cottonmouth through the glass at the Reptile World Serpentarium in Kissimmee, Fla.
The author’s daughter staring down a monster Florida cottonmouth through the glass at the Reptile World Serpentarium in Kissimmee, Fla.

Have you ever seen a cottonmouth this big?

I doubt it as this specimen measures more than five feet in length and is as big around as a soda can at is widest point. This is a Florida cottonmouth, the largest subspecies and is enough to give just about anyone the creeps.

This one is safely housed behind thick glass at Reptile World Serpentarium in Kissimmee, Fla

I’m searching out a huge western cottonmouth for the debut episode of Kingdom Zoo on GETV. We’re hoping to educate people about snakes and in this case the often misunderstood cottonmouth.

Wish me luck.

Chester Moore, Jr.


“Beautiful Flowers”

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It’s amazing what a photo of a Texas Indian blanket flower and scripture can do.

One of the greatest honors in this ministry is getting to send our “Beautiful Flowers” teaching about inner beauty to the girls of Stella’s Voice in Moldova. These girls have been rescued from human trafficking.

Last some of the 5-8th grade kids in our ministry put together packages of this teaching based on the Creation and scripture along with a beautiful Indian blanket photo and some gifts they made and we shipped them across the Atlantic. This photo shows the girls with their gifts.


It’s important that kids understand others are hurting in the world at an early age and we are excited to get to get our #kzkids involved with projects like this.


Look for more from the #kzkids helping on the human trafficking and more coming soon…

Chester Moore, Jr.

There’s always a bigger fish! (video)

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There’s always a bigger fish.

Most of the videos we post on here are original but this one is something special. Watch it to the end. Makes me want to go fishing.

Chester Moore, Jr.

Strange, small backyard creatures

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Most of mammals we see where I live Southeast Texas would be considered of the common garden variety.

Whitetail deer, raccoons, opossums and squirrels are the most frequently seen creatures that thrive in our woodlands, prairies, marshes and urban areas.

In fact, these animals are common sightings throughout North America

There are however some really strange mammals in the region that are very rarely seen by human eyes and yet they can live in suburban backyards.

Take the eastern mole for example.

These burrowing mammals have tiny eyes but they cannot see and spend almost all of their time underground.

Kenneth Catania, Vanderbilt University
Kenneth Catania, Vanderbilt University

According to the Mammals of Texas, “…moles feed largely on earthworms and grubs, although beetles, spiders, centipedes, insect larvae and pupae, and vegetable matter may also be eaten. In captivity, they have consumed mice, small birds, and ground beef.

“The average daily food consumption is about 32 percent of the body weight of the animal, although a mole can consume more than 66 percent of its body weight in 18 hours. Active prey is killed by crushing it against the sides of the burrow with the front feet or by piling loose earth on the victim and biting it while thus held. Captive moles kill earthworms by biting them rapidly in several places, often nearly cutting the worm in two.”

The saliva of males contains a type of toxin that paralyzes worms and insects. And if that is not weird enough, they can move as quickly backwards as they can forwards.

If the mole isn’t odd enough for you than let me introduce you to the shrew.

These mouse-sized insectivores are arguably the most voracious predators on the planet and East Texas has two varieties: the southern short-tailed shrew and the least shrew.

According to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, shrews have an extremely high metabolic rate. This rapid conversion of food to energy requires that these animals consume up to their own body weight in food every day.

“The highly social and gregarious least shrew often cooperates in building burrows or nests, which are sometimes shared with other least shrews during the nesting and wintering seasons. The species uses the runways and burrows of moles, voles and other small mammals but will make its own runways in soft, loose soil. Tunnels under the snow provide protection from wind and intense cold, allowing least shrews to remain active all winter.

Least shrews rely mainly on their senses of touch and smell. Sight and hearing are not well developed.

The least shrew only lives a short time, usually a little over a year.

God created many amazing creatures and although the big ones get most of the media attention, those on the small side are just as interesting.


Chester Moore, Jr.

The Mysterious Jaguarundi

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The world knows about lions, tigers, jaguars and cheetahs.

And among wildlife enthusiasts, cougars, leopards, lynx bobcats, servals and a caracals are well known.

But have you heard of the jaguarundi?

Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

It is a small, unique-looking cat that lives in a wide range of areas from the Southern United States into the jungles of South America.

I was blessed with a jaguarundi sighting in 2002 which deeply sparked my interest in the species and that interest just went up to another level after a visit to the Bear Creek Feline Center in Panama City, Fla.

Operated by Jim Broaddus, it is the only facility I know of who have an active breeding program for the rare species in the United States with a number of specimens on the property. Broaddus and his crew have a real passion for jaguarundis and we will be partnering with them at an educational level for future projects.

Yoda Thief
“Yoda” one of the jaguarundis from the Bear Creek Feline Center. Courtesy Photo.

There will be more articles coming soon. Until then visit, Bear Creek Feline Center’s jaguarundi page.

Chester Moore, Jr.


Outdoor Kids and Social Media Pt. 2

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A crucial element of keeping kids involved in the outdoors is mentorship.

Take a kid fishing days, field trips and other events are wonderful but the fact is unless family is involved or there is a mentoring type relationship involved most kids will never take up an outdoors lifestyle.

This is where social media comes into play.

If you are involved with children or youth in say a church, scouting or other group and are connected via social media, use it (with parental consent) to “mentor” them.

It’s not as difficult as you think.

Send them messages periodically about your trips in the great outdoors. Share cool videos and photos about their favorite animals and use your social media to salute them when they do participate in an outdoors event. A prime example are the four girls you see in the photo below. My wife Lisa and I have been working with them for several years in a mentoring/ministry level and while in sixth grade, they are just now getting onto social media, we share our photos with their parents who share with them. There may be a long time between field trips but by sharing the photos and videos, the interest stays alive.

Me showing these four precious girls a baby duck on a field trip to the Swenson Whitetail Ranch.
Me showing these four precious girls a baby duck on a field trip to the Swenson Whitetail Ranch.

At the end of the day mentorship involves time investment and by simply sharing your social media time, you can keep kids inspired between field trips and outreach events.

For those kids you are able to build lasting mentoring relationships, it is key to make them part of the ministry or outreach. Kids love to feel as if they are a part of something and truthfully they have much to offer. Kids hearts are much purer than ours so when you get them involved you get all of them involved and with no hidden agendas.

We have just begun a new conservation awareness and #hashtag campaign via Instagram and Facebook. It started with a trip to Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge in Tyler and we are expanding it in a major way.

It simply involves getting kids to take a pen and paper, stand in front of animal at a zoo or wildlife park or even in a piece of habitat and make a simple statement about a conservation problem. Lauren, pictured here, is going into fifth grade and she wrote “Only 500 Left” to stand in front of the Siberian tiger enclosure.

What a powerful visual, eh?


This is simple to do and we are going to inspire kids around the world to do this via social media. Beginning Aug. 16, we will start a program where we get kids to do this and #hashtag it #kingdomzoo. The first 5 kids to participate get a special prize and then weekly we will pick from the photos and let our social media viewers vote on the most creative. Whichever photo gets the most “likes” wins.

Other examples would be a kids standing in front of the ocean with a piece of paper saying, “Keep it Clean” or a wetlands saying “Hurricane Barrier”. The possibilities are endless.

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is insanity and if we are going to keep kids inspired about wildlife and in our ministry about the Creator, it’s going to take different ideas.

We hope you enjoy these. Feel free to share and spread around. We’re excited to begin our project and enter the next phase of getting kids outdoors through social media.

Chester Moore, Jr.