Wildlife Discovery Center CROCtoberfest 2016

Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with CROCODILES in Lake County! The Wildlife Discovery Center’s annual CROCtoberfest brings in experts from the Chicago Herpatologial Society to the living wildlife nature museum for a unique hands-on experience. And when I say “hands-on,” I mean it! Your hands will be on a real, live, crocodile!


CROCtoberfest is more than just a petting zoo experience. On Sunday, October, 23rd from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the knowledgeable staff will share insight about the fascinating creatures and answer your questions. All of the other animals at Wildlife Discovery Center will be on display, too. See Boris the resident bobcat, snakes, turtles, and more. World-famous American Alligator “Bubba” and his wrangler Jim Nesci will be at the event from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Photo Source Cold Blooded Creatures -Jim Nesci on Facebook
Photo Source Cold Blooded Creatures -Jim Nesci on Facebook

Enjoy face painting, storytelling, children’s activities, craft vendors and more fun for the whole family. And don’t miss seeing the skull of a 24-foot saltwater crocodile! Normally, admission to the Wildlife Discovery Center is free, but they ask for a $10 donation per person for this special event. Your donation will support crocodile conservation efforts worldwide and the Wildlife Discovery Center. This is a popular event, so consider arriving early to beat the crowds.

Photo Source Wildlife Discovery Center on Facebook
Photo Source Wildlife Discovery Center on Facebook

Little Lake County’s Loralie T. describes the Wildlife Discovery Center as a “hidden gem for hands-on animal interaction” and says this event is well worth the donation for admission. Head to the Wildlife Discovery Center and get wild! It’ll be fun for the whole family, and you’ll be supporting this great local effort.

CROCtoberfest at the Wildlife Discovery Center
Sunday, October, 23rd
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest
(847) 810-3663
Admission is a $10 donation per person.


 Have you been to the Wildlife Discovery Center for CROCtoberfest? Tell us which animal is your family’s favorite to visit in the comments section.


About Holly Garvey 78 Articles
Stay-at-home mom who works! On again/off again work in family real estate business, babysitter, dog rescue and historical society volunteer all while chasing my new-found dream to be a writer.I live in Antioch with my husband, Jake, and kids, Cecilia (5) and Mark (3), and our dog Isabella. I'm an aspiring vegan (I cheat a lot), Jazzercise addict and runner. As a family, we love to travel and spend time outdoors. I love to go antique shopping and garage sale-ing, cook, and read in my (rare) free time.

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