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!
12:00pm - 5:00pm at The Creature Conservancy
Advance ticket purchase required. Click the logo for details and ticket purchase!
We are very excited to host a fabulous fundraising event in collaboration with our friends from the Columbus Zoo. Meet a cheetah, an echidna, a penguin, an armadillo, an African porcupine, a sloth, and more!
Spend the afternoon with us and the animals. The event will include:
|animal presentations||animal feeding|
|food vendors||photo opportunities|
|petting opportunities||silent auction|
|inflatable bounce houses||t-shirts|
|face painting||... and more!|
You will also be able to visit many animals in their habitats: kangaroo, alligator, swan, emu, muntjac, vulture, giant tortoise, Arctic fox, etc. Be sure to pick up a schedule and map when you check in!
In addition to seeing some really cool animals up close, learning a few things about them and generally having fun at this benefit, your attendance will help us create new animal habitats, open more of our facilities to the public and continue our mission of Conservation through Education.
Make sure your email address is on our mailing list to get additional details as the event nears! Please pass this information along to friends and family who might like to attend. We look forward to seeing you!
We enjoyed participating in two presentations with Jack Hanna and the team from Columbus, one in Benton Harbor, the other in Effingham, Illinois. Traveling with us were Al, our ever-popular alligator; Minerva, the Eurasian eagle owl; Pebbles, the Gila monster; B.C. the alligator snapper; Mango, the albino Burmese python; giant toads; hissing cockroaches; and Stripes, the emu chick!
(click on photos...)
Thanks to everyone who joined us for Earth Day! Our animal ambassadors at this presentation included a Two-toed Tree Sloth, a Parma Wallaby, colorful macaws, a Giant Tortoise, and several more.
And thank you for the food donations for the animals, as always!
Our new series of "classes" for preschoolers and their parents or caregivers were a great success! We hope to offer the series again in the fall. Kids got to meet and learn about a wide variety of animals, from fruit bats and kangaroos to ball pythons, armadillos and giant toads. We play games, dance like animals, make cool crafts and generally have a great time!
We were visited by Community Television Network of Ann Arbor who did a short feature of the program - check it out!
Friday and Saturday, February 14th and 15th, 2014 - "Creature Courtship"
at The Creature Conservancy
The 2nd annual Creature Courtship programs were presented to an overflowing house both nights, much to our delight: it's got to be our favorite program to present! We get to discuss some pretty interesting, unusual, and often hilarious aspects of life in the animal world, and answer some really intelligent (and again, sometimes hilarious) questions.
The list of animals we introduced this year was long... check back soon for some fun photos of the event!
We thank everyone for their generous food donations for the animals: big bags and boxes of all sorts of animal feed and other supplies we use constantly. We try to keep our Wishlist up to date, which means that when you bring items on that list, it is all put to very good use!
We celebrated Michigan Statehood Day with 29 guests and several live Michigan animals! We tested out a couple of "newbies" on our captive audience: Christopher the Turkey Vulture had never set foot in our classroom before, and he was fabulous! He showed off his impressive wingspan, and even took a tiny spin in the air, much to our surprise. All of our vultures are injured, non-releasable birds, and aren't up for much air time, if any. Another animal new to our classroom was Mango, our surprise visitor, and most definitely NOT a native Michigan creature. He is an albino Burmese Python, a recent gift from the Columbus Zoo.
Thank you all for coming, and for your generous donations for the animals!
Halloween Events, 2013 - "Spooky Species" at The Creature Conservancy
These were exciting evenings filled with classic Halloween creatures... owls, ravens, bats and more! At our 3rd annual Halloween Party, we introduced six live animals to our visitors, and even snuck in a surprise appearance by Larry, our mask-wearing marbled polecat! Cider and doughnuts after the program plus an amazing "boiling" cauldron topped off the fun!
And once again, we thank everyone for their generous donations of food for the animals!
This year we took over 80 of our most exciting animals to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum's annual Creature Feature event! The program was extended by an hour over previous years' events and the crowd was fantastic!
We enjoyed meeting so many new people and welcoming back our "frequent families"! The summer series was a hit, and we have learned (as if we didn't already know) that everyone LOVES sloths and kangaroos! The other 30 species of animals introduced also received great appreciation - they included, among others: armadillo, giant tortoise, crested porcupine, dwarf caiman, macaws, Burmese python, eagle owl, kookaburra, wallaby, skunk, gila monster, boa constrictor, coyote, and even Uncle Arthur, our charming dandelion-leaf-eating emu.
Thank you for coming, asking questions, and bringing generous contributions for the animals - we were nicely re-stocked with foods they were in need of!
We had a full house for our fundraiser on Saturday, April 20th! Tulip and Maybelline were the stars of the show and soaked up all the attention from their fans. And they love their new enclosure!
Friday, March 8th, 2013 - Al's Housewarming Party
He loves his new place! We all do!!
Months in the making, the alligator's beautiful new home was ready! We were joined by 19 generous patrons and a handful of volunteers at a convivial housewarming for Al. We started with refreshments and a half-hour presentation in our Special Events building. Al was introduced by Steve Marsh, head curator of The Creature Conservancy. Having grown from just 10 pounds a few years ago to over 50 pounds now, Al's days as a classroom animal are numbered! While Steve held him steady, we were even able to take a reasonably accurate length measurement: Al is now five foot five!
After a photo shoot of those interested in and willing to stand close to Al's head, we moved to his brand new indoor habitat, a fabulous rainwater pond of well over 3000 gallons. Everyone took their places for viewing the release, most on the bayou shack porch and more on the boardwalk inside the enclosure. Since we didn't really know what Al would do when he was released, we were ready for anything!
Once his harness was off, though, Al gracefully entered the water and swam beautifully across the pond. It must have felt fantastic to finally be able to really move through a nice-sized body of water! Al will spend the winters in this wonderful space, and move outdoors for the summer into an even larger "swamp"!
As more of our new enclosures get completed, please consider joining us for another housewarming fundraiser! Next on the horizon is the kangaroo enclosure, planned for April 20th - see registration button above!
Thursday, February 14th, 2013 - "Creature Courtship"
Thank you all for your generous donations and wonderful questions...
This was our first time! Presenting an adults-only program, that is, and delving into the hows and whys of animal courtship and procreation. We had a fantastic evening, and hope everyone enjoyed meeting the wide range of animals we were able to present in a fairly fast-paced hour and a half, including:
Rosy Boa and Eastern Indigo Snakes
American Alligator, and our very charming...
Eastern Box Turtles
|Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches!|
We definitely plan to repeat the experience next year. Hope to see you there!
Halloween Events, 2012 - "Spooky Species"
Friday and Saturday, October 26th & 27th, 2012
These were exciting evenings filled with classic Halloween creatures... owls, ravens, bats and more. At our 2nd annual Halloween Party, we introduced six live animals to our visitors, one of which was an actual Monster! Cider and doughnuts after the program plus an amazing "boiling" cauldron topped off the fun!
And once again, we thank everyone for their generous donations of food for the animals!
We took over 40 of our most gregarious animals to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum's annual Creature Feature event! We were happy to return for the 4th year as the featured presenter. Check back soon for photos of the event!
The morning after "Starry Safari", we again joined Jack and the Columbus team at an event sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek. At this free event, hundreds of pre-schoolers and their parents were able to see and learn about a wide range of animals, and a lucky few got to come up on stage and touch Sunshine, our huge Burmese python. Click here to see a brief article by the Battle Creek Enquirer following the event.
The Creature Conservancy traveled to Binder Park Zoo to join animals from the Columbus Zoo in a fundraising event hosted by "Jungle" Jack Hanna, host of Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown. The guests visited the Wild Africa exhibit and then enjoyed a catered dinner followed by an animal presentation by Jack Hanna.
We were pleased to team with the Columbus Zoo and introduce several of our animals to the crowd: B.C. the alligator snapping turtle was a particular favorite of Jack's. The other animals who took the stage were Al the alligator, Peter and Piper the coyotes, Poco the two-toed sloth, Cuddles the Burmese python, and Minerva the eagle owl.
And we are thrilled to announce the winners of our free raffles!
Tying for first place in the "Guess B.C.'s Weight" raffle were Melissa G. from Ypsilanti and Angela B. from Milan - congratulations to both! B.C. weighed in at 96.8 lbs, and Melissa and Angela guessed 95. Great job!
And the winners of our free raffle for an animal presentation are Charles and Lacy M. of Ann Arbor! They win a wonderful hour-long presentation of five animals of their choice from our long list of education ambassadors.