Pella Wildlife Company


We have RE-OPENED!!!  Effective 11/7/2014, the Academy of Wildlife Education at Merle Hay Mall is back open and all of our Wildlife Ambassadors are eager to see you!  We continue to negotiate with mall management, but thus far have been able to work out an agreement that allows us to stay open at our location throughout the month of November!!!  Come on out and see us, and bring the entire family along!

For Immediate Release

Pella Wildlife Company to receive excellence in science education award

Pella Wildlife Company, a non profit wildlife conservation organization, has been notified by the Iowa Academy of Science, Iowa Science Teachers Section that they will receive the Corporate Friend of Science Award for having “provided significant and exemplary service to the science education community of Iowa.” Pella Wildlife Company has been working with science teachers across the state of Iowa presenting S.T.E.M. based wildlife education programs for many years. Through the Academy of Wildlife Education at Merle Hay Mall thousands of school children have learned about wildlife native to Iowa and the role they can play as stewards of the environment. The Academy has also hosted meetings for science teachers in the greater Des Moines metro area. This award recognizes Pella Wildlife Company as being a leader in providing science based wildlife education programs that impact students throughout their academic career. Working with the Iowa Academy of Science and the Iowa Science Teachers Section will continue to allow Pella Wildlife Company to excel in providing S.T.E.M. based wildlife education to students of all ages for generations to come. The presentation will be at the Iowa Academy of Science, Iowa Science Teachers Section/Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics Fall Conference Wednesday October 22nd at Iowa State University.

For more information contact:

Ron DeArmond
Pella Wildlife Company


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MON – THU : 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM* ADULT (13 and OVER) : $5.00
FRI – SAT : 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM*
SUNDAY : 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM* CHILD (12 and UNDER) : $2.00
* Hours of operation are the same as Mall Hours, and may vary on/around holidays.


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Pella Wildlife Company

…was established in the Fall of 2006. Ron DeAarmond, the founder and CEO, has held a USDA license for over 25 years. He has also held DNR licenses in Illinois and Iowa. Experienced with mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, Ron has worked with schools, libraries, US Army Corps of Engineers, DNR, County Conservation Board, wildlife education facilities, genetic bank, drive through wildlife parks and zoos. A non-profit organization, Pella Wildlife Company was established to focus on three areas of animal welfare – education, sustainability and conservation.

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Education: Pella Wildlife Company provides S.T.E.M. based wildlife education programs to students PreK through university levels. Wildlife education programs are also provided to city, county, state and federal agencies. As an outreach to the general public, Pella Wildlife Company has opened the Academy of Wildlife Education at Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines, IA. Conservation: Pella Wildlife Company is committed to the natural reestablishment of wildlife to their historically native habitat and research to ensure stable populations for the future. Pella Wildlife Company works with university students and gives them valuable field experience as they work towards degrees in Wildlife Ecology, Environmental Science and Animal Science to name a few. Sustainability: Pella Wildlife Company is committed to the sustainability of wildlife species through biodiversity and a common sense approach to wildlife management based on science. Wildlife rehabilitation will assist in sustainability as people and wildlife interact. The genetic bank will also guarantee species will not go extinct due to habitat loss.

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Business Record 2013

This is absolutely unique, it does make it a fun destination.
– Tom Walsh VP Abbell Associates

We appreciate the efforts that Pella Wildlife is making to extend the value of wildlife education programs in Iowa.
– Kevin Baskins Iowa DNR

Pella Regional Health Care

…this endeavor would be advantageous to the community, schools, wildlife and citizens not only in the Lake Red Rock area; but wildlife throughout the world would benefit by Mr. DeArmond’s commitment to animal welfare. I highly recommend Pella Wildlife…
– Mary Jo Foster, Director of Elder Services

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