FLORENCE – See a sloth! Make friends with an armadillo! Encounter an opossum – Plus, dozens of other animals are coming for one weekend only at this event for all ages. Don’t miss this amazing and interactive educational event at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum at 702 Veterans Drive on August 9-10 from 10am-5pm. The Florence Wildlife Festival is presented by the Foundation for Animal Rescue & Education in partnership with Little Rays Nature Centers and other animal rescues and charities.

There are 30 live animals to meet including a sloth, porcupine, armadillo, snakes, opossum, bunnies, ferrets, tarantulas, tortoises, lizards, frogs, and many more.

There are also two incredible half-hour, hands-on educational programs: Reptiles & Invertebrate programs are at 10:15am, 11:45am, 1:15pm, 2:45pm, and 4:15pm. Bird and Mammal programs are at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm.

Some of these animals ONLY come out during the presentations, so everyone is encouraged to stay for both presentations to see them all. The sloth comes out during the bird and mammal presentations.

Admission at the door is $14. After the fourth person in a group, each additional person is $10. Children 2 and under are FREE. Buy tickets online up to the day before the event and save $2 per ticket!


- Most people can appreciate the expense of caring for the animals and putting on these events but organizers do not want to be cost prohibitive. Therefore, If you know someone who would like to attend, but cannot for financial reasons, please email info@fareconservation.com. Entrance will be arranged that will work for all involved.

There also will be special times for special needs families. Children with special needs can benefit greatly from these events. However, they may not be able to attend as they may not do well in crowds. The show will be opening at 9am on Saturday for special needs families only. This first hour will be for those special guests and their siblings.

For the first time, sponsorships and booths will be available. For further information please contact Julie Beaulieu: julie@lrnc.ca

VOLUNTEERING - Up to five volunteers can be used per day. Please email volunteer@fareconservation.com for more information. Please give 24 hours for a reply. Volunteers typically need to be 18 years of age.

Animals at this event come from Little Ray’s Nature Center, the largest exotic animal rescue in North America. Little Ray’s provides sanctuary for hundreds of seized and unwanted pets until the best long-term solutions can be found. About 80% of the animals in our care are unwanted pets or seized animals. Little Ray’s Nature Center does not take animals from the wild to utilize in these programs. Some animals were born at the facility or other facilities in North America, but all eligible animals are released 100% of the time. Other animals that are appropriate for programs such as these are utilized for fun, thought-provoking, educational programs promoting responsible pet ownership and conservation.