K.C. the sloth is one of Busch Gardens’ most popular animal ambassadors, and the park has planned a special celebration for her, as well as some of its other beloved animals.
Busch Gardens is observing International Sloth Day, Wolf Awareness Week and National Reptile Awareness Day on Saturday, Oct. 22.
K.C., a 20-year old two-toed sloth, was born at Busch Gardens Tampa and came to Williamsburg in 2010. She can be found at Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve, where she will be on hand for photo opportunities on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fun materials such as coloring sheets and word searches will be distributed for International Sloth Day, which was created to raise awareness about the life cycle and natural habitat of the sloth.
Busch Gardens also is observing Wolf Awareness Week. The event celebrates wolves by educating people about the important role they play in maintaining a healthy ecosystem, and it serves to dispel any misconceptions about wolves and highlight threats to their survival.
The park is home to six magnificent gray wolves: Odin, Maska, Kitchi, Boise, Kaya and Beo. Guests can see them in the park’s Wolf Valley and during presentations at Busch Gardens’ Wolf Haven.
As part of its Wolf Awareness Week observance, team members will provide educational opportunities for guests at Wolf Valley, including a howl session at 4 p.m. Saturday with Kitchi and Maska.
Additionally, an exercise session highlighting the physicality of wolves is planned for 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 and another session illustrating the wolves’ scent tracking abilities and their communication with scent marking will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.
In recognition of National Reptile Awareness Day, an assortment of reptiles, including turtles, snakes, lizards and dragons, will be available for photo opportunities at Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.