Nature Fest 2014 was one for the record books — literally — as crowds enjoyed a lively menagerie of creatures, characters and cuisines and set a new GUINNESS WORLD Records® title for the most simultaneous bird calls.
More than 10,000 people attended Nature Fest this year — another record-breaker — and 994 called the northern cardinal for the world record tweet feat. The previous record was 801 people making a simultaneous bird call, set in 2011 at the Midwest Birding Symposium.
In addition to the record attempt, attendees got to meet lemurs, kangaroos, movie-star monkeys and other exotic animals with Staples Safari Zoo. Wildly talented performers with Circus Safari entertained crowds, as did Birds of Prey and Texas Stars Youth Choir. Austin Bike Zoo made its debut at Nature Fest this year, mixing puppetry and mechanics to create pedal-powered animal art. Pony and camel rides, bubble runners, arts and crafts, bounce houses and a birthday celebration for community mascot Bridgeland Bill gave crowds plenty of ways to monkey around. Nearly 20 gourmet food trucks satisfied even the most ferocious of appetites.
Entrance into Nature Fest was free; however, a few activities required a small donation benefiting Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County (NWHC) and the non-profit Staples Safari Zoo. Approximately $3,000 was raised for the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity and another $4,800 will go toward the care and rehabilitation of Staple Safari Zoo’s more than 120 rescued animals.
2014 Participants and Sponsors