Guest writer Dirk Arthur’s infant snow leopard Kala.
Monday, July 6, 2015|8:57 p.m.
Guest Writer Dirk Arthur
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Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach prepares to depart for Toronto and remain to his standard summer season getaway under the Tuscan sun in Italy– plus, Costa Esmeralda on Sardinia this year– many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their words of wisdom. We continue today with animal illusionist Dirk Arthur and nightclub and dining establishment czar Michael Morton. First up is Dirk, who as Robin has reported, is rumored to be moving into the major display room to headline at Westgate Las Vegas.
I thoroughly considered the green, jungle-like, sloping field, slid the metal door open and enjoyed Namaste, a magnificent white Bengal tiger, bolt forward and run complimentary. He was running into the only natural tropical rainforest zoo with a tiger environment in the U.S., the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo, Hawaii.
It’s been more than 15 years given that I contributed him to the zoo. He passed away from natural causes, and I have actually been motivating my tigers to breed and provide another cub to the zoo ever since. Barry White music hasn’t worked yet, but we’re trying! They have one of the lushest exhibitions in the world with a fantastic preservation and education program.
The animals living there are not in the wild, in the typical sense, but most of us who work around and live with wild species wish and imagine re-populating nature and the wild. I’ll never quit on that idea, although it’s tough to do with habitat loss and human infringement all over in the natural world.
One fantastic thing I can achieve is informing people on the value of protecting wildlife every day when I do my show and ideally wow them by seeing tigers, snow leopards and other unusual animals up close and not in a cage.
It is definitely part of the fun of seeing my program, and for me it’s the most satisfying part of my job, working and having fun with these threatened animals. That’s why I’m a supporter for protecting the types and for the humane and proper care of all animals.
Every one of my felines has their own character, and they are all very special to me. In 2013, I invited a brand-new addition to our huge cat household with Kala, a snow leopard. Discuss a character– he has a huge one! He loves to play, and he’s a huge flirt with the girls. He is in great company with my other snow leopard, Putin.
You won’t see the big cats do circus techniques, but they will magically appear onstage in my illusion program incredible and stroll right up to the edge of the stage. Do not stress: They are on a safety leash, but you’ll be so impressed and surprised, you will not even see it.
So watch out for me doing live shows or on TV or online on YouTube, when you see the cats, kindly bear in mind to do your part by supporting wildlife-conservation groups and programs– and offer your animal a big hug from me.
Take a look at our other visitor column today from bar and dining establishment czar Michael Morton. Then look for our visitor columns Tuesday from comedian George Wallace and “Rock of Ages” ingenue Becca Kotte, who discovers love onstage nightly at the Venetian.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” fame has been a reporter for more than 50 years and has invested the past 15 years offering readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum play area.
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With its glass, star-lit exterior, visitors cannot miss out on the Riviera when driving down the Strip. As the very first high-rise to open on the Las Vegas Strip, featuring a nine-story hotel, the Riviera has seen more than 50 years as an entertainment destination in Las Vegas. Top bill imitates Liberace, Dean Martin and the long-running Splash revue (enclosed 2006) have actually graced its showrooms in time.
The Riviera still provides its share of home entertainment alternatives with partially nude revue “Crazy Girls,” a funny club and “Illusions,” starring Jan Rouven.
The 100,000-square foot casino has actually been featured in lots of movies like “Casino,” “Austin Powers” and “21.” Although the hotel has passed through a long list of owners over the years it has actually constantly hung on to it’s distinct theme (for Las Vegas) in that it does not have any particular style. It likewise showcases a William Hill Race & & Sports Book walk-up wagering window right off the walkway on the Strip.
The Riviera has dining alternatives well covered, from seafood and steaks at R Steak and Seafood, a range of breakfast, lunch and supper fare at Banana Leaf Café to a worldwide cuisine at the R Buffet.
2901 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109
Westgate Las Vegas & & Casino As the place where Elvis Presley broke all Vegas program attendance records when it was still called the International Hotel, the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & & Casino is a time pill of classic Vegas. Its name altered from the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & & Gambling establishment in early 2012. While the feeling is standard, the hotel has recently invested millions in restorations. From the visitor spaces to the pool deck, all surface areas were redesigned. Crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling of the 74,000 square-foot casino, where there is high limitation slots. Just off from the gambling establishment, there is the world’s biggest race and sports book, the SuperBook, showcasing 350 seats, 28 huge screens highlighted with a large 15′ x 20′ screen for a grand total of more than 60 viewing monitors. The dining options at the commercial property range from the award-winning Benihana, a Japanese steakhouse, to The Buffet, where guests can take pleasure in the broad option of options. After supper, visitors can make the most of the star-studded home entertainment. The hotel also makes it hassle-free to casino-hop as one of the stops on the Las Vegas Monorail.
3000 Paradise Road Las Vegas, NV 89109