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A North American alligatorwill be part of the menagerie visiting North Bend's Old Settlers.

Wildlife Encounters bringing wild edge to Old Settlers

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 6/18/14

Cute when they are little; not so cute when they get big.

Such is the fate of many exotic animals people take home. When these exotic animals outgrow the welcome of their owners, Wildlife Encounters steps in and takes over. Together, the animals and organization educate the public about wildlife conservation.

Wildlife Encounters is bringing its menagerie of animals to North Bend’s Old Settlers on Sunday, June 29. The program will be conducted in the city part at 3 p.m.

Kip Smith will be presenting the program and will be bringing a North American alligator, sulcata tortoise, kinkajou/honey bear, boa constrictor, patagonian cavy and Madagascar hissing cockroaches with him. The program will include facts and information about each animal, audience participation, and a short time to answer questions.

“Our goal is to educate the public about our natural world,” Smith said. “Connecting people with wildlife conservation and environmental education fosters compassion for all animals and responsible use of our natural resources resulting in responsible citizens of our planet.”

Based in Gretna, Wildlife Encounters is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating the public about the natural world while offering a home for animals in need. It has been active for almost 30 years.

Platte Valley Bank, North Bend Insurance, North Bend Central, US Cellular, Investment Advisors, Inc., and Havelka Educational Services are the business sponsors for the group’s visit to Old Settlers.

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