The opening night reception for the new show Joan Embery's My Animal World at the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center was a sold-out success! Guests, museum members and local luminaries met Joan and her husband Duane Pillsbury and enjoyed her personal insights and stories about the show's exclusive selection of photos and memorabilia from Joan's ranch. Joan Embery is best known for her conservation work and many television appearances with exotic animals on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. This exhibit explores her equestrian side, travel and more. The Joan Embery's My Animal World exhibition runs through January 7th, 2017. Admission is free and the museum is open Wednesday through - Saturday, 10 am - 4pm. Get directions at bonitahistoricalsociety.org.
For Immediate Release: The Bonita Museum and Cultural Center presents Joan Embery's My Animal World exhibition about San Diego native Joan Embery. Opening October 21 and continuing thru January 3, 2017, the exhibition will showcase the life of this iconic San Diego Zoo "Wild Animal Ambassador" and local horsewoman. The opening reception is an evening event with Joan Embery, and will take place Friday, October 21, from 5:30pm - 8:00pm. Reservations can be made online at bonitahistoricalsociety.org or through the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center, located at 4355 Bonita Road, Bonita, California 91902. Joan Embery is best known as the international ambassador for the San Diego Zoo, appearing with exotic animals on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, but there is much more to Joan’s life that will be explored in this upcoming exhibition.
Enjoy this "best of" montage of Joan's animal appearances on the Tonight Show.
A small monkey hugging a paint roller is a hit eating meal worms on the Tonight Show in this episode.
Johnny broke out into a hilarious song when Joan put a very relaxed bush dog in his arms during this show in 1975.
Anna and her cheetah friend frolic onstage with guest host David Brenner at the Tonight Show.
Kubor the koala climbed a tree on the set during this taping of the Johnny Carson show.
In this quick clip Johnny very mindfully holds a tarantula spider.
Joan brings two European Ferrets to the set to show off their amazing rodent-hunting abilities!
In April of 1986 Joan visited Johnny Carson with Sherpa the juvenile Mountain Lion. Johnny uses a remote control to entice the baby mountain lion to attack a stuffed animal.
New, old and everything in between
Media appearances, press releases, news and events from Joan Embery, the Embery Institute for Wildlife Conservation, the Pillsbury Ranch, the Lakeside Saddle & Driving Club and more.