LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A gaggle of animal lovers are flocking to Letchworth’s Humphrey Nature Center on Saturday to share their exotic friends with the curious public.
For the first time ever, Letchworth State Park is partnering with the Wildlife Educators Coalition (WEC), a group of exotic animal owners and educators who are bringing over 60 species to the Nature Center, including monkeys, an alligator, a serval, a cockatoo, a rattlesnake, fennec foxes and hedgehogs.
“These are mostly zoo animals that belong to members of the coalition, taken for education and entertainment purposes,” said WEC volunteer Cathy Cook. “This wildlife festival is free with park admission and is kind of the launch of our company, especially now that we’re partnering with Letchworth.”
A petting zoo and silent auction will complement talks with handlers and their animals. Festivities are free with park admission.
The event coincides with Red White and Blue Balloon Launch and Learn to Catch a Fish Day at Letchworth.
Organizing this event is no small triumph for WEC, who consider this their first flagship event as partners of the park. However, Cook says that this is just the tip of the iceberg.
“We want to re-launch our company, especially now that we have partnered with Letchworth,” said Cook. “Stay tuned for more from us!”