Provided by SEWE

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition canceled its 2021 event today over COVID-19 concerns, a month after initially saying it would move ahead with a scaled-back Feb. 11-14 event.

With positive rates hovering around 30% for several days and travel restrictions already in place throughout the country, SEWE organizers said hosting the event would be a risk to public health.

“I am extremely proud of the effort demonstrated by our staff and the extended SEWE family to plan an event in these uncertain times. We knew that we faced a difficult task, but we navigated this last year by having open conversations with stakeholders and regulatory agencies,” said John Powell, SEWE’s executive director. “I believe that the spirit to persevere, despite new and daunting challenges, is what will lead us out of these times and into a more safe and prosperous future.”

SEWE organizers hope to host smaller events throughout the year, depending on the state of the pandemic, prior to next year’s 40th-anniversary Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition.

Refunds will be issued for VIP, general admission and Lowcountry Social tickets but will only be granted upon request. Refunds must be requested within 45 days after the cancellation announcement.

Ticket values can also be given to SEWE as a tax-deductible donation to support the organization’s mission of spreading conservation awareness and educating the public about wildlife.

To request a ticket refund, please visit sewe.com/ticketrefund. Contact SEWE with questions or concerns at sewe@sewe.com.