Whenever we hear about the plight of injured animals, it’s easy to say, “Someone should do something,” and go on with our lives. But it’s not so easy to see these injured animals face-to-face and simply do nothing. That is what the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Show accomplishes each year at SEWE.

The sanctuary has been wowing SEWE audiences since 2004, and although they do tackle conservation on the national scale, their goal is to teach audiences about the animals close to home — the critters in our own backyard that need our help. For instance, this year, the sanctuary will be bringing bald eagles, pelicans, foxes, and even rattlesnakes to the Lowcountry.

Most of the “performers” are formerly injured animals, rehabilitated by the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. According to Busch Executive Director David Hitzig, “We showcase injuries caused by humans — automobile accidents, gunshots, electrocutions, fishing incidents, etc. — that prevent animals from being put back in the wild. We connect a face to the issues out there, which creates a much better appreciation and inspires audiences to want to preserve these furry critters.”

Busch’s goals are to inspire audiences to take care of the wildlife thriving in the Lowcountry and beyond. All the animals in the show work together as a team in an effort to teach audiences what they can do to prevent wildlife from being harmed. According to Hitzig, “This is the premier example of what people should be doing for wildlife around the country.”

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