UPDATE: Appointments with Hazel are sold out, but if you'd like to meet an armadillo, baby crocodile, Burmese Python, and a tortoise, you can come any time from 2-6pm with a suggested cash donation of $10.
Hazel the sloth is coming to The Central Collective with some of her animal pals to raise money for the fantastic Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest, Illinois. Read more about Hazel, her family and the WDC below, and then book your spot to have your picture taken with Hazel.*
You MUST reserve a spot to meet Hazel. Your ticket gives you and up to one additional guest (you can both be in the photo, but only one of you will be able to hold Hazel) a ten minute photoshoot with Hazel, but we recommend that you arrive at least 15-20 minutes early to make sure you don't miss your time slot and to give you time to meet Hazel's other animal friends (armadillo, baby crococdile, Burmese Python, and a tortoise). All ticket proceeds will go to the Wildlife Discovery Center.
*Hazel's comfort is our biggest concern. While we will make every effort to get a picture of you holding Hazel, we won't make her do anything she doesn't want to. If for some reason Hazel isn't feeling up for getting her picture taken with you, you will receive a full refund.
This is Hazel the Sloth. Hazel is a Linnaeus Two-Toed Sloth that is 9 months old. Her parents originated in Paraguay where they were injured due to the logging industry. During rehab, a female gave birth prematurely to Hazel and immediately abandoned her. It was decided to bring her to the Wildlife Discovery Center where she received daily physical therapy and lots of TLC by Curator Rob Carmichael and his wife. She is now doing great and is a beautiful looking sloth! AND SHE'S COMING TO VISIT THE CENTRAL COLLECTIVE along with some of her friends, including an armadillo, baby crococdile, Burmese Python, and a tortoise.
Hazel will be joined by Rob Carmichael. Rob is the founder/curator of the Gold Medal Award Winning Wildlife Discovery Center. In addition to his curatorial duties, he also works with National Geographic and Smithsonian Channel in a number of wildlife documentaries. He has teamed up with 7-time Emmy Award winning cinematographer Neil Rettig. Rob also speaks at a number of international symposia including the International Union of Conservation of Nature's Crocodile Specialist Group. Rob teaches Environmental Biology and Herpetology at several nearby colleges. He is married to a school teacher/coach who is earning her doctorate in education, and, two very talented daughters who are professional athletes and work for Naked Foods!
The WDC is an award winning, accredited, free admission zoo/nature center with a mission to motivate all generations to come to know, respect and protect our challenged and often endangered ecosystems with a focus on their wildlife. This nature center features over 200 species of animals including reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds and mammals and focuses on wildlife and ecological conservation.
*While we will make every effort to get a picture of you holding Hazel, we won't make her do anything she doesn't want to. If for some reason Hazel isn't feeling up for getting her picture taken with you, you will receive a full refund.