For Erik Callender, of Hauppauge, following his dream means teaching about dozens of reptiles, some rescued, to audiences at parties, schools and events. Along the way he hopes to inspire others to live their dreams. Videojournalist: Chris Ware (Dec. 10, 2013)
Why: The Long Island Game Farm welcomes a new act this year, David Rosaire and His Perky Pekes. The veteran circus performer will lead his many Pekingese dogs through tricks and stunts
When: Daily, noon and 3 p.m. through 9/1
Where: Long Island Game Farm Wildlife Park and Children's Zoo, Chapman Blvd., Manorville
How much: $18.95, $16.95 children ages 3-12, senior citizens 62 and older (Credit: Chris Ware)
Erik Callender is sitting with his live alligator Walley sprawled across his lap like a toddler. Callender caresses Walley's head as he answers questions about his new Erik's Reptile Edventures Discovery Center at the Long Island Game Farm Wildlife Park & Children's Zoo in Manorville -- "Ed" standing for education.
Callender isn't at all concerned about Walley's tooth-filled snout resting...
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