What to Expect at the 2018 Charleston Wildlife Exposition

The iconic event is back this year; here's what our editor is excited to see during the 2018 event.

The Southeastern Wildlife Expo brings together people who have a love of art and nature and wildlife Feb. 16-18, 2018, for a three-day weekend of art appreciation, sporting demonstrations and education programs. Families will enjoy the wildlife exhibits while foodies will enjoy the chef demos. Here's our breakdown of the must-see exhibits:



Fine Art Gallery
See the works of more than 100 painters, carvers and sculptors in the Fine Art Gallery at Charleston Belmond Place. This year’s featured artist is Kathryn Mapes Turner, who was born and raised on a ranch in Grand Teton National Park. Her painting Unbridled, of wild horses, is featured on the event’s official poster. On Feb. 16, you can watch artists create original pieces during the Quick Draw/Speed Sculpt. Each artist will have just one hour to create a piece of art, which will be auctioned.


Sporting Village
Brittlebank Park is a popular destination, where crowds gather to cheer on the DockDogs as they compete to see which dog can jump the highest, farthest and the fastest from a dock into the water. You also can see retriever demonstrations, practice fly casting, watch sheep and duck herding, enjoy food vendors and listen to live bluegrass music. There are pony rides, a climbing wall and an exotic petting zoo for children. The Edisto Island Serpentarium tent also is at Brittlebank Park.


Conservation and Educational Hub
You can watch flight demonstrations by falcons, eagles, owls and hawks from the Center for the Birds of Prey in an arena at Marion Square. You’ll also find cooking demonstrations, food vendors and live music at the park between King and Meeting streets. Tickets are not required for Marion Square events.

In addition, the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Tour and Jack Hanna have presentations at Gaillard Center. The Gaillard Center also hosts the marketplace tent. The decoy auctions at the Charleston Marriott are popular for collectors.

If you go: 
A three-day general admission ticket is $50 or a single-day ticket is $25 for Friday and Saturday and $15 for Sunday. Children under 10 are free. Visit sewe.com for schedules and tickets.

Shelley Young
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