David Kleven, aka "Critterman"

In addition to his outreach program presentations, David is the current education chairperson for the Zoological Association of America.

Animal Edutainment became the first and only education outreach organization to be accredited by the Zoological Association of America in 2014.


Besides being responsible for developing educational programs for ZAA membership, he has also helped to raise thousands of dollars for conservation efforts.

Dave can be seen on various segments of The Most Extreme series which airs on Discovery Network’s Animal Planet.

He and several Animal Ambassadors have made numerous appearances at events on Discovery Network behalf.


He has had the good fortune to work with Jack Hanna of Animal Adventures, Jeff Corwin of The Corwin Experience, Steve Irwin of The Crocodile Hunter, Jim Fowler & Peter Gros of Wild Kingdom, Chris & Martin Kratt of Kratt’s Creatures, Zoboomofoo, & Be The Creature.


Dave has the remarkable ability to capture children’s attention and win their adoration. He began in high school when he worked as costume character Chuck E. Cheese. He quickly learned the magic of animated communication and unwavering patience.


Prior to enrolling as a student at America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College in 1988, Dave worked for thoroughbred race horse trainer Penny Lewis, and worked as a docent at Como Zoo in MN.

While attending America’s Teaching Zoo, Dave gained valuable experience with internships at Los Angeles Zoo, Santa Barbara Zoo, Monkey Jungle, and Universal Studios in Hollywood.

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