The Creature Conservancy

Upcoming Events

In addition to the numerous presentations we give for schools, clubs, private and corporate groups, The Creature Conservancy schedules several events each year that are open to the public. Below is a list of the upcoming opportunities to meet, learn about, and sometimes touch cool creatures from around the world.

Many of these events are held in the Special Events building at The Creature Conservancy (4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd) while others take place at locations around the community - and the country!

Close Encounters

Our annual benefit festival!

Featuring our own amazing creatures...

PLUS animals visiting from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium!


Close Encounters

Presented by: ______________ with:

The Creature Conservancy logo Columbus Zoo logo

Friday, September 11, 2015


An exclusive event for adults aged 21 and over.

Enjoy live music, dinner, drinks, dessert, and a fascinating 1.5 hour presentation of exotic animals from The Creature Conservancy and from the Columbus Zoo!

Limited seating - advance tickets only.

Friday evening event

(To download a mail-in form, please click here.)


Some highlights from last year's event:

zoo team with cheetahpenguin

snow leopardpalm civet

Saturday, September 12, 2015

11:00am - 5:00pm

General Admission: A fun festival for the whole family with bounce houses, face painting, food concessions, photo opportunities, kids' creation station, animal feeding and more! Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended.

Special Shows (additional charge applies): Two special 45-minute presentations by the Columbus Zoo. Show times at 11:30am and 1:00pm. Limited seating - advance tickets only.

general admission tickets

general admission + 11:30 show ticketsgeneral admission + 1:00 show

(To download a mail-in form, please click here.)

The Columbus Zoo team has already revealed that they will have a cheetah with them again this year, in addition to a penguin - as the time nears, we will give you an update of the expected visitors!

Join us for the Friday evening event or Saturday's festival - or both! In addition to seeing some really cool animals up close, learning a few things about them and generally having a great time, your attendance will help us create new animal habitats, open more of our facilities to the public and further our mission of Conservation through Education.

These are some of the animals you may get to see: African crested porcupine, kangaroo, alligator, swan, emu, muntjac, vulture, giant tortoise, Arctic fox, etc. Be sure to pick up a schedule of events when you check in!

Donate now!If you can't attend but would like to show your support, please consider a donation. We thank you very much!



Recent Events

enjoy photos of many of our annual events (below)... click to enlarge