Is your kid wild about animals? Skip the zoo and check out their favorite critters up close and out of the cage at The Creature Conservancy’s weekly Creature Encounters.
Each Saturday and Sunday throughout the year (give or take a holiday or two) these events will foster a greater love and understanding of our planet’s wildlife through educational demonstrations, live animal talks and more –with special attention to that month’s “featured creature.”
Each featured creature is hand-selected by conservancy staff to take center stage from 2 to 4 p.m. Families will also be able to check out Harper the cougar as she eats at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., see the alligator eat at 2:30 p.m., watch the arctic foxes interact, check out the kangaroos, see the snapping turtles and more.
But it doesn’t stop there. As your child meets some of these critters, you can rest assured that entry fees go directly to the non-profit’s work helping the critters in their care and rescuing other animals like Al, the alligator who was left on a local vet’s doorstep, Poco, the sloth who was rescued from a trailer park, the Ball pythons found in a dumpster and others.
Creature Encounters happens 1-5 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays of each month throughout the year. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for kids ages 2-12. Featured creatures for the upcoming months are as follows but are subject to change:
- March: Arthur, the emu
- April: Tulip and Maybelline, the kangaroos
- May: Harper, the Cougar
- June: Princess Sophia and Scooter, the warthogs
- July: Sven, the reindeer
Photo courtesy of The Creature Conservancy.
This post was originally published in 2017 and is updated regularly.