Unique wildlife coming to Lethbridge for hands-on festival

Sloths, boa constrictors, a porcupine and even a wallaroo will be making their way to the Lethbridge and District Exhibition March 10-12 for the 2023 Wildlife Festival. Staff for the event say there will be around 50 animals in total for you to pet, hug or to just look at.

Jason Clevett, one of the promoters of the event, says his crew has had a number of people come up to them saying how much they appreciate the work they do.

“We had someone who had terminal cancer and one of her bucket lists was to meet a sloth. We had people that have lost family members or people that have been going through a hard time. And for every person that we know their story, there’s a dozen others that we don’t. And that’s the biggest thing. And I think the reason why we do this is those moments and those connections and those opportunities to give people a moment and experience and forget their problems for a few hours.”

There will be three exhibits featured:
• Diversity of Living Things – Discover the similarities and differences of the different types of animals that call earth home.
• This is Africa – Learn about the planet’s 2nd largest continent.
• Journey to the Amazon – The worlds largest rainforest comes to life.
There will also be two half-hour hands-on educational programs:
• Cold Blooded Amazon – Learn about the creatures that call the Amazon home.
• Diversity of living things: Mammals – Learn about kangaroos, sugar gliders and much more.

A special quiet hour starting at 10am on Saturday will be available for kids who are sensitive to large crowds or noises.

For more information on the Lethbridge Wildlife Festival you can visit https://wildlifefestival.ca/?fbclid=IwAR0c7SCJ7kExrS_Abn_gQjxcxF27Rs8vowfriZB-xXTTYo04HPt6uixyX2E

Micah Quinn

After graduating from Mount Royal University in Calgary with a Broadcasting Diploma, Micah made the trek down to Lethbridge to work for Bridge City News. He has previously worked at City TV Calgary on the Breakfast Television morning show. He looks forward to connecting with this community, and reaching a new audience. Micah has a passion for interviewing and finding out why people think the way they do. You’ll often find him pursuing local feature stories and hard news.

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