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.

Plus Kids Crewmember, Evan Daitz has a review of the trilogy A Boy Called Bat, in which Dr. Dragoo is a character.  And the kids in the Extinction Diaries cover a giant spider that was thought to be extinct, but has been rediscovered.

Learn more about skunks at the Dragoo Institute for the Betterment of Skunks and Skunk Reputations.

Here is a range map of where skunks live.

Skunk ancestors go back nearly 40 million years and used to live in Europe. This skull was found in Spain and dates back 10 million years.

Promephitis sp. (Batallones 3, Torrejón de Velasco, Madrid)

Spotted skunks are acrobats!

Listen to the sound of a baby skunk.

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

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:

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

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