Time to get wild

Becky and Gary Taylor took in some of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition displays inside Charleston Place on Thursday, including a bronze heron sculpture by artist Jim Green.

With attendance pegged at about 40,000 people each February, the Southeastern Wildlife Expo has long been considered the kick-off of the tourism season in Charleston. Tens of thousands of visitors fill the city’s hotels and restaurants during SEWE events, giving the local hospitality industry a $30 million boost at an otherwise slow time of year. The expo runs through Sunday.