A North Babylon student is sharing her love of animals through a series of online educational videos, the most recent featuring celebrity animal expert Jack Hanna.
Victoria Bonavita, a sixth-grader at Robert Moses Middle School, has posted three videos on YouTube over the past eight months under the username "Victoria's Amazing Pets." She interviewed Hanna, a regular guest on CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman," before his recent appearance at NYCB Theatre at Westbury.
The video concept began when Victoria hosted a presentation last year of her pet chicks at Belmont Elementary School. "I've always been surrounded by animals," said Victoria, 11. "I love to teach about them. I want people to know that there are these animals out there."
Victoria has 25 chickens, 10 pigeons, two dogs, two parakeets, a bunny, a pheasant and some fish. She also enjoys making balloon animals.
Victoria said she was able get Hanna on her video with the help of her father, Mike, who is her cameraman. Her other videos include an interview with children's book author Jan Brett at the Northeastern Poultry Congress in Massachusetts.
Victoria is expanding her program to include live appearances, with upcoming presentations slated at the Smithtown Library and a school in Queens.
Schools interested in having Victoria visit can email