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The Chicago Pet Show will be Kane Co. Fairgrounds 525 S Randall Road St. Charles October 29th 30th. Hours are

The Chicago Pet Show will be at the Kane Co. Fairgrounds 525 S Randall Road, St. Charles, October 29th and 30th. Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. The Chicago Pet show helps Pet Rescues and Shelters find homes for abandoned kittens/cats and puppies/dogs. ∏ of all ticket proceeds go back to the participating rescues. There will also be an array of pet products and services available to attendee's pets and The Mini Zoo Crew, a petting zoo for children. Pictured above is Jim Nesci with the late Steve Irwin.

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Updated: November 28, 2011 8:35AM



The Chicago Pet Show will take place this weekend at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Chicago Pet Show helps Pet rescues and shelters find homes for abandoned kittens/cats and puppies/dogs. Half of all ticket proceeds go back to the participating rescues. There also will be an array of pet products and services available to attendees’ pets along with The Mini Zoo Crew, a petting zoo for children.

This year, the show has some snappy and cold-blooded friends.

Jim Nesci is an expert in the reptile industry. He is the pioneer of Reptile Education programs and parties. He has owned and worked with reptiles his entire life, starting as a young boy fascinated with dinosaurs.

Nesci appears at the pet show from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Nesci and his group of reptiles have appeared on “The Oprah Show,” “Animal Planet,” “The Tonight Show,” “Regis & Kelly” and “The Today Show.” Locally, they have been on “Eric & Kathy,” “190 North,” “Don & Roma,” “Wild Chicago” and “Early Edition.” Nesci also has guest lectured at the Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, The Field Museum and The Academy of Sciences.

He also has performed with Jim Fowler, animal expert from “Wild Kingdom,” at “Friends for Conservation” and “The Today Show.”

Nesci has worked most famously with the late Steve Irwin, “The Crocodile Hunter” from Australia. They first worked together and met at “The Oprah Show” in Chicago. Nesci then was invited to Los Angeles to work at the premiere of Irwin’s movie, “Croc Hunter, Collision Course.”

The show is expected to include alligators, snakes, lizards and a tortoise. Nesci invites his audiences to explore the world of reptiles with his guidance and expertise. The reptiles he brings to a presentation are all user-friendly. This is a one-of-a-kind hands-on experience.

Cold Blooded Creatures offers participants the opportunity to access the latest information about reptiles. Nesci addresses the relationship between reptiles and dinosaurs.

During all of Nesci’s reptile programs, respect and safety for the animals and participants takes center stage. He teaches the proper way to handle his animals, with attention to detail that assures a positive learning environment. Nesci’s message to conserve and protect reptiles provides the focus for the show.

Nesci also is highly experienced in working with special-needs children.



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