October 23, 2001

Author to Discuss Wild Times: Tales from Suburban Safaris

at Hyde Park (Nov. 12) and Anderson (Nov. 16) Branch Libraries


Public Safety Officer Tim Harrison has been called to remove bears from apartments, lions from city streets, bats from swimming pools, pythons from workshops, and cougars from back yards. He has saved and rehabilitated close to one hundred raptors, including sparrow hawks, kestrels, red tail hawks, and owls. He has even raised a Bengal tiger and has mothered wolves. Now, he�s been called to the Public Library to talk about his book of rescue adventures, Wild Times: Tales of Suburban Safaris. He�ll be presenting the program along with some of his rescue sidekicks, Gaboon the Viper, Chico the Burmese, and Gary the American alligator, at the Hyde Park Branch Library (2747 Erie Avenue) on November 12 at 7:00 p.m. and Anderson Branch Library (7450 State Road) on November 16 at 7:00 p.m.


Wild Times, a collection of Harrison�s craziest "suburban safaris," wasn�t written to compete with reality TV. The stories are hair-raising, and sometimes frightening. But Tim�s goal is to let the public know of the growing chance that they�ll be coming across an exotic or local wild animal as the population of exotic and native creatures increases in suburban areas. A book signing will follow each program and books will be available for purchase through the Friends of the Public Library.


About the Author

Harrison has been a public safety officer, performing as a police officer, firefighter, and EMT-paramedic for twenty years for the City of Oakwood in Montgomery County, Ohio. He has been involved with wildlife rescues, rehabilitation, and raising animals since he was 13 years old, and he still learns from every incident to which he�s called. He�s traveled around the world with authors and television production crews chasing unusual exotic animals or filming wildlife shows. He has his own production team that has produced such local television shows as The Wolf Recovery Program of Yellowstone, Blue Sharks of the Pacific, Bears of Yellowstone, and Great White Sharks of Shark Alley, South Africa. In his own terms, he describes himself as a wildlife enthusiast and his philosophy is: Do no harm. He lives in Springboro, Ohio, with his wife, Patricia, and their three children, Adam, Alex, and Aric. Often, he assists his brother, Jim Harrison, world-renowned herpetologist, in the development of the Kentucky Reptile Zoo and Venom Laboratory in Natural Bridge, Kentucky.


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