Monthly Archives: October 2017

Gerbils as Classroom Pets, An Interview with Wendy Pavlicek (Originally for the American Gerbil Society)

Now that we’re all back to school, does your or your child’s classroom feel a little empty? Almost like it’s missing a tiny, fuzzy, wiggle-nosed something? Like, say, a gerbil?

My first gerbils, Napoleon and Perkins, were biology class pets that I doted on until I graduated, when my teacher gave me Napoleon – by then elderly, single, and my constant companion – to live out his twilight months. Once he died, I found I couldn’t go back to a gerbil-free life, and ten years later, here I am. While most students aren’t going to find a lifelong passion just from having gerbils in the classroom the way I did, gerbils are fantastic companions for students. I talked to Wendy Pavlicek, animal curator at the Burlington Science Center, about why she’s been bringing gerbils to classrooms for over 15 years.

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