Enjoy the Amazing Live Presentations at SEWE 2022

What would a Southeastern Wildlife Exposition be without wildlife exhibitions? For 2022, as in the past, SEWE shows off fauna of all kindstwo-legged, four-legged, winged, commonplace, and exotic.

Birds of Prey Flight Demonstrations

The Charleston area is fortunate to serve as the home for the Center for Birds of Prey. The conservation center is a rehabilitation hospital and sanctuary for ill and injured raptors.

One of the most educational and entertaining shows during SEWE is the amazing flight demonstrations at Marion Square, featuring a variety of raptors, including falcons, eagles, owls, and hawks. Watch them dive like missiles from hundreds of feet in the air to nab food and learn about the important role they play in our ecosystem.

Jeff Corwin Live Animal Show

Television personality, conservationist, and author Jeff Corwin returns for another SEWE presentation on Friday and Saturday at the Gaillard. Every year, the host and executive producer of Ocean Mysteries on ABC entertains and delights the audience with tales of animal adventuresaccompanied by some of the creatures that make it all possible.

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Presentation

 

Come see Fraser the crane, Hannibal the one-eyed bald eagle, and Raspberry the squinting Virginia opossum to hear their tales of near-death and rescue. The Jupiter, Florida-based sanctuary takes in 6,000 wildlife patients annually, intending to return them to the wild. For more than a decade, a crew from the sanctuary has packed up a handful of the most human-tolerant creatures to show them off at the Gaillard.

In previous years, alligators, bobcats, foxes, snakes, and more joined the festivities while Amy Kight, the sanctuary’s executive director, regaled the audience with the stories of their injuries, rescue, and survival, noting the role humans can play in preventing the cycle from the beginning.

“The majority are affected by humansthey’re hit by cars, electrocuted, or tangled in fishing lines. There is a real need for education to keep these animals safe and reduce our patient load,” she says.

The most popular visitor to SEWE is Fraser, a four-foot-tall sandhill crane (Yes, that’s Fraser Crane; no, Niles will not be with him; indeed, Fraser is a her), who was orphaned when her parents were hit by a car and killed. Migrating cranes attacked Fraser until humans intervened and took her to the sanctuary. Fraser is perfectly healthy but too acclimated to humans for a return to the wild. You can see Fraser strut her stuff up and down the aisles at the Gaillard, preen on stage, and just generally enjoy the human cooing.

Hannibal the bald eagle lost his eye to cancer and can’t hunt in the wild. The sanctuary nursed him back to health as a baby and has brought this regal predator with them to Charleston each of the last six years.

“He is a story of hope and survival,” says Kight.

Raspberry the opossum was born with one eye, and though she can probably scavenge for food with her cohorts, she has spent too much time around humans to, well, play possum. That’s a recipe for early death in the wild. Instead, she prances around the stage while Kight reminds the crowd that Virginia opossums are the only marsupial native to North America; they eat small rodents, frogs, birds, berries, and bugs, like ticks that cause Lyme disease. And you don’t want them scavenging in your house or your garden!

SEWE is a highlight for the Busch Wildlife crew, says Kight.

“Oh my goodness, the crowd is so wonderful to us. We always look forward to coming back to SEWE every year,” she says.

Get your tickets today at https://www.sewe.com/general-admission-tickets/.