Sixth annual Wildlife Days at Grand Canyon Friday and Saturday

The fun kicks off on Friday with evening program, continues through the weekend with exhibits, activities and animal demonstrations

An animal demonstration at last year’s event. Photo/NPS

An animal demonstration at last year’s event. Photo/NPS

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - On Saturday, Grand Canyon National Park will put on its sixth annual Celebrate Wildlife Day. This event provides opportunities for visitors to learn about the work of wildlife biologists and about the unique wildlife that inhabits Arizona and the Grand Canyon area.

This year's event will kick off on Friday with a special evening program on "Grand Canyon Birds: a World of Beauty and Discovery." Park Ranger Brian Gatlin will present the program. The event continues the next day with free indoor and outdoor programs, family friendly activities, exhibits and live animal demonstrations available throughout the day at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday's activities will end with another special evening program on "Grand Canyon Wildlife: Rim to River." Attendees can explore the Canyon's diverse habitats from rim to river and meet its furred, feathered, and finned inhabitants along the way. Susan Lamb is presenting this talk based on her book "Grand Canyon Wildlife," currently in production by the Grand Canyon Association. Susan Lamb is the author of more than twenty books on the natural environment and human cultures of the Southwest including "Grand Canyon: The Vault of Heaven."

Evening programs take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Shrine of the Ages auditorium, and are also free. Visitors attending these programs may either park in lot A or ride the Village / Blue Route shuttle.

Celebrate Wildlife Day is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the National Park Service, Grand Canyon Association, Arizona Game and Fish Department, including Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center, Grand Canyon Unified School District, Horace M. Albright Training Center and Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts.

More information about Celebrate Wildlife Days is available from Park Naturalist Patricia Brown at (928) 638-7789.

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