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Where the Wild Things Are

A bunch of animals crawls, walks, and flies in for a fest.

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Bird shrieks and rodent chatter are on the playlist at today’s Wildlife Festival at the Penitentiary Glen Nature Center. Visitors mingle with live animals (courtesy of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History), while experts fill them in on everything they need to know about natural environments. Squirrels, eagles, bugs, and even an elephant will be on hand. “It’s really great to see the enthusiasm people have as they interact with other creatures,” says park educator Lisa Hill.

Train rides, craft booths, and animal relay races -- in which participants “crab crawl” and “bear walk” -- round out the action. Plus, you can pick up some critter-related ceramics and paintings for your home. “Whether you’re a scientist or a visitor, we all have the same goals at the end of the day,” says Hill. “We all just want to share what we know and love about animals.”
Sun., Sept. 30, 12-4 p.m., 2007

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