Busch Wildlife Sanctuary wants to show you their wild side
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Animal Show
Fri. Feb. 13, 3 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 14, 11 a.m.
Sun. Feb. 15, 12 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
77 Calhoun St.
The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Animal Show is one of the highlights of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Based out of Jupiter, Florida, the sanctuary tours all over the country promoting education and awareness of wildlife and habitat conservation.
A nonprofit organization, the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary provides free medical and rehabilitating services for all orphaned, injured, and sick wild animals in their area.
The sanctuary treats over 4,400 wild animals yearly, and on average about 30-35 percent of the animals recover successfully and are returned to their natural habitat. The ones that can't be returned become permanent residents of the sanctuary — and the stars of the show. This year's line-up is expected to include a wild turkey, panther, crocodile, alligator, opossum, skunk, fox, and snakes.
"For us, the underlying purpose is really to spread the educational message about wildlife, nature, and conservation," says Executive Director David Hitzig.
With help and support from well-known director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Jack Hanna, the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is able to promote the survival of Florida's wildlife and habitats on a national level.
By using animals that have been victims of human-related injuries, the Sanctuary is able to create a hands-on educational experience.
"This is a great way where people can learn how to prevent injuries and live harmoniously with the wildlife," Hitzig adds.