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Even slimy slugs have their day at Richmond Nature Park

20 May 2016

Show your appreciation and affection for the slimy, yet fascinating mollusk at the Richmond Nature Park’s annual Slugfest on Sunday, May 29.

From 1 to 4 p.m., bring your own slug or slugs to compete in the heaviest, smallest and slimiest mollusk competitions. Cecil, the giant slug, will once again judge this year’s Most Beautiful Slug contest. The Great Richmond Slug Race, an annual highlight, always attracts a hysterical crowd cheering on their favourite slimy specimen to the finish line.

The day’s event also includes a passport for children to collect stamps for each slime-based activity completed, crafts, a scavenger hunt, a photo opportunity with Cecil, carnival games, trivia for adults, and comics and poetry in the “Galerie de Gastropod”.

While this event is all about fun, it also recognizes the importance these creatures play in the natural environment converting nature’s waste including dead plants and animals into nutrients that help plants grow. As prey, they are tender, tasty morsels for a variety of creatures such as geese, skunks, turtles and salamanders.

Proud slug owners are reminded to ensure that their pets are comfortable in captivity – please keep them in a cool moist enclosure such as a jar with air holes, moist paper towel and greenery.

Slugfest is suitable for all ages. Admission is by donation; proceeds support educational programs at the Nature Park. Parking is free but please consider your impact on the environment and come by bus or bike. The Richmond Nature Park is located at 11851 Westminster Highway.  For more information, please call 604-718-6188 or visit www.richmond.ca/parksprograms