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GSU to host third annual Wildlife WinterFest

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The Center for Wildlife Education and The Lamar Q. Ball Raptor Center at Georgia Southern University are teaming up to host the third annual Wildlife WinterFest from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at 1461 Forest Dr.

Wildlife WinterFest will feature Brian Staples and his exotic animals, including monkeys from around the world, a 500 pound white tiger, a lion and a black panther, in the Staples Safari Zoo. Staples will also be performing a magic show.

"Brian does such a good job bringing forth these animals but also talking about their natural history and explaining why some species are in peril, why it's important and why we should care here in Georgia," said Steve Hein, director of the center, in a press release. "It's a continuum of what we do each and every day."

During the festival, families will get the chance to roam the 17 acres of the center and learn about animals and plants native to Georgia and the Statesboro area. The festival will also feature holiday music and a visit from Santa Claus.

"The Wildlife Center was built upon bringing man and nature together, and this traveling exhibit is a continuum of that as well," said Hein in a press release. "Visitors will have the opportunity to get about as close as they  want to some really fabulous and exotic wildlife."

The festival's main goal is to encourage families to develop a lifelong love of wildlife.

"Brian has a great message," said Hein in a press release. "The animals he has rescued have been injured or abandoned. So it has a good purpose there. Every element of his show ties it back to the animals and their need for protection and education."

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to 11, and free for children ages two and under. For more information, visit

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