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A tale of Two Brothers

Posted by Danny Mendez on May 4, 2014 at 12:35 AM

A tale of two Brothers:

Many of us in the reptile world are familiar with the name Jim Harrison, along with his wife Kristen Wiley as they make up part of the team behind the Kentucky Reptile Zoo. One of the most respected names in the world of venom collection and herpetological knowledge, I can personally watch him do venom extractions all day long with nothing but admiration for one of the most adept handlers of venomous snakes on par with the likes of the legendary Bill Haast of the Miami Serpentarium. But do you know about his brother? Why would you care?


Jim Harrison extracting venom with Kristen Wiley in the Background

Jim’s brother Tim Harrison is no stranger to the animal world, in fact he’s knee deep in it, but few realize who he is and what he stands for. You’d only have to watch the movie “Elephant in the Living Room” to understand what side of the zoological spectrum he resides on. In a fascinating juxtaposition to his brother, Tim Harrison has been on a mission to force himself into the consciousness of exotic animal owners and in most cases is no friend to the hobby. Tim has been known in the circles of exotic animal keepers, as a bit of an attention monger stopping at nothing to grab a chunk of the spotlight in order to spread his view on why exotic animal keepers should not be keeping any pets that are not domesticated. This is important for you to know because he’s often in the practice of reaching out to exotic animal owners in order to make them look….well, bad.

Tim Harrison of Born Free

Recently he started a kickstarter program along with Director Michael Webber who is primarily backed by the Humane Society of the US to try and develop a new show, which really would do no favors for anyone keeping reptiles or any other exotic pets. Do your homework and know which Harrison you should side with. It’s not that difficult.


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