Southeast Texas Department of Wildlife Uses to Help Struggling Children
Posted at 12:22 AM on Saturday August 27, 2022
Several weeks ago, Chester Moore’s daughter received an amber alert on her phone.
“Every time my daughter gets an alert from Amber, she runs in there and tells me we have to pray for this baby.”
And the widely known outdoor journalist does just that.
“I love wildlife,” he said, “but the two most important things – other than my family – are Christ and the children.” “This is my priority.”
With this priority in mind, Moore and his wife set up a department in Orange that uses wildlife to help critically ill children, those who have experienced certain tragedies, and victims of human trafficking.
Six weeks ago, a familiar face visited the facility in Orange.
“I kept thinking I knew this kid from somewhere,” he said. “It was the amber alert we prayed earlier.”
Moore spoke in Port Arthur this week about his department, starting first with how he gets involved with wildlife.
“I grew up with my dad hunting and fishing. My dad would take me to Pleasure Island, and we’d sit on the rocks on the South Dam…Hopefully we’d catch a big alligator,” he said. “We have an area with great offshore resources. We really do. The Gulf of Mexico is very close to us, and the fishing that comes from the Gulf of Mexico and the Sabine Lake up the Nikes River and the Sabine River is great.”
At the age of 19, after winning an award for a column he wrote, Southeast Texas began his career in journalism.
“I am a very excited person. I walked into the office orange leader To speak to the editor, he said, “I won this writing about hunting. Can I write an outdoor column? Which is like, ‘We have an outdoor column.'”
“You have a column about birds. This is not an outdoor pole. “
Moore was hired to write for free, eventually making it a full-time career and he is currently the editor-in-chief of Texas Fish and Game Magazine.
“It was a place I could fill in here because I see the outdoors a little differently than many people do,” he said. “But that really is the key to life. Find out what God made you to do. So I was lucky to do this.”
But he said there was something more important to him.
Ten years ago, Moore and his wife founded Kingdom Zoo Wildlife, a non-profit animal science facility housing 35 exotic animal species.
“Our mission is to bring the love of Christ to harm children through wildlife, so we work with children in the foster care system,” he said. “We go to group homes like Girls Haven. We go to Boys Haven. We work individually with families. We work with terminally ill children, the loss of a parent and the loss of siblings.”
They recently added victims of human trafficking to the list, which eventually led to meeting the child from Amber Alert.
“It happens to all of us – something tragic happens,” he said. “And for whatever reason, let’s say the tragedy happened on March 3, 2022, and in our minds it will never get better than March 2, 2022. But if you can take the time and tell them that great things can happen to them, that really is a reminder of what we are trying to do.” .
The department’s signature program is called Wild Wishes, where they give wildlife wishes to children in need.
Two weeks ago, they completed Episode 176.
In June, young musician Morea Formica visited the facility, and posted on social media a photo of her holding a fish she had caught.
She wrote, “This was so much fun.”
To learn more about Kingdom Zoo Wildlife or to help make a donation to their cause, visit kingdomzoo.com.