This episode of The Children’s Hour is going to stink, as we learn all about skunks with the founder and director of The Dragoo Institute for the Betterment of Skunks and Skunk Reputations, Dr. Jerry Dragoo. We’ll find out where skunks are found, why they smell, and how to avoid getting sprayed. Dr. Dragoo is a world renowned mephitologist, or biologist who studies skunks. 

Jerry Dragoo was on the PBS program, Nature talking about skunks. Click here for the link.

This episode has a Learn-Along Guide that meets and cites US National education standards. 

Dr. Jerry Dragoo nose to nose with a skunk.
Photo credit to John MacLean Photography – Thank you John! Find his website at

Learn with us about the important role skunks play in our ecosystm, where we can find skunks around the world, and why we should love and not fear them. 

Where do skunks live? All four types of skunks can be found in New Mexico, where Dr. Dragoo lives and works. 

Jerry Dragoo was on the PBS program, Nature talking about skunks. Click here for the link.

We also hear Evan’s book review of the first book of the Bat trilogy A Boy Called Bat which features our guest Dr. Dragoo as a character.

Here are some videos about the book series A Boy Called Bat. This video is great for kids who are reading BAT: 

This video is for educators who are sharing BAT:

Mixed with great music, join us for an episode where you will learn to love the stinkiest mammal in North America.

Playlist Skunks

Stinkle, Stinkle, Little SkunkyLucas MillerI Love Earth: The Absolute Best of the 'Singing Zoologist!'02:112010 Lucas Miller
SkunkDavid PolanskyAnimal Alphabet Songs03:151998 Perfect Score
What's Not To Love About A Skunk?Joe McDermottI Am Baby03:381997 True Blue Music
The Skunk Says FunkBrent LewisMonkey Hip Gumbo... & Mothball Stew00:55Brent Lewis 2020
Little Skunk's HoleThe KiboomersPreschool Circle Time Songs00:502013 Kiboomu
Stinker the Skunk?Beth JeanBeth Jean03:402018 Jetti Winkle Records
Skunk FunkThe Brecker BrothersThe Brecker Bros.01:141975 Sony Music Entertainment
You're Not the Boss of Me (Story)Bill HarleyPlay It Again06:541999 Round River Records
SkunkArtichoke26 Animals03:102009 greeen
Algo Rhythm NaturalPodington BearPlayful02:232014 HUSH
Stinky, I Love YouParry GrippFuzzy Fuzzy Cute Cute, Vol. 100:482010 Parry Gripp
The Skunk SongCab CallowayThe Original Soundies Collection, Vol. 102:482011 Orange Leisure