Owl, bats featured at Babies Gone Wild

Babies Gone Wild, a fundraiser for Oaken Acres Wildlife Center, will feature live bats and a great-horned owl at the event at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Hopkins Park in DeKalb.

In addition to a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres buffet, cash bar and raffle, attendees will get the chance to meet “Incredible Bats” brought by presenters Daniel and Sharon Peterson. The couple, along with their Egyptian fruit bats and African straw-colored bats, have been educating people about bats since 1996.

Oaken Acres Wildlife Center’s ambassador birds of prey also will be on hand to greet attendees.

Muggs, last year’s holiday card great-horned owl, will make his Babies Gone Wild debut.

Tickets cost $30 ($35 after April 20) and can be purchased online with a credit card at by clicking on the donate icon on the menu.

Tickets also can be purchased by mailing a check to Oaken Acres, 12140 Aldrich Road, Sycamore, IL 60178, or stopping in at LePrint Express, 1950 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore.

Oaken Acres takes in nearly 700 injured or orphaned wild animals each year with the goal of releasing them back to the wild. Oaken Acres was founded in 1984 and continues to serve DeKalb County communities with rehab services and educational programs.

All proceeds from this event go to caring for Oaken Acres’ wild patients.

For information, call 815-895-9666 or email

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