BOONE AND CROCKETT CLUB – 30TH BIG GAME AWARDS
Open May 4 through August 4
“In a civilized and cultivated country, wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen.”
– President Theodore Roosevelt
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
Wonders of Wildlife is honored to be the host of the Boone and Crockett Club’s 30th Big Game Awards, a triennial celebration of the largest trophies ever curated by the Boone and Crockett Club. In tandem with the resident Boone and Crockett Heads and Horns exhibit, explore record-setting game animals that have emerged from conservation and wildlife management systems led by sportsmen and women. The Boone and Crockett Club strives to continue its long-standing tradition of ethical fair chase and conservation efforts across the country.
Admission for this exhibit is FREE to all guests. Hours of operation are the same as the daily operating hours of Wonders of Wildlife. Entrance to this exhibit is located in the lobby of the Wonders of Wildlife Wildlife Galleries (Up the escalator near the Bass Pro Shops Grandaddy Store main entrance.).
Year of the Bird
Wonders of Wildlife is honored to host the exhibit Year of the Bird in partnership with the National Audubon Society and Ducks Unlimited. Take flight in this exhibit as you learn of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act passed by Congress years ago to protect birds from meaningless killing. It is the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of the act’s centennial, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to make 2018 the “Year of the Bird,” committing to protect birds today and for the next 100 years. Located in the Wildlife Galleries, this is an exhibit you don’t want to miss.
Nature’s Best Photography
Thanks in-part to a generous 15-million dollar donation from FedEx and its founder Fred Smith, a new exhibition hall will be home to the Windland Smith Rice International Awards and its annual Nature’s Best Photography exhibition, previously only displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Created to recognize and display the creative talents and documentary achievements of nature photographers at all levels of experience worldwide, the exhibition will feature a rotating gallery of jaw-dropping wildlife photography and video from around the world as a celebration of both people and nature. Named in memory of Windland Smith Rice, an accomplished wildlife photographer, conservation advocate and the late daughter of FedEx CEO Fred Smith, the annual awards and exhibition has become one of the most prestigious and recognized photo competitions in the world.
The new 10,000-square-foot gallery space will link the Aquarium lobby with the main entrance to the Wildlife Galleries. The expansion is expected to open in 2019.