BYU students let out their inner animal spirits

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Students at the Wyld Life party interact with the different reptiles. Photo by Samantha Williams.
Students at the Wyld Life party interact with the different reptiles. (Photo by Samantha Williams)

The BYUSA Wyld Life Weekend party attracted creatures and students alike to Brigham Square for a dance and real wildlife encounters on March 28.

The Wyld Life party offered an area for students to dance to popular music, interact hands-on with reptiles or enjoy some food while catching up with friends. Party-goers Hailey Weenig and Mackenzie Anderson said they enjoyed the fun music and atmosphere.

“There was music, reptiles and food. They had mint brownies, which were delicious,” said Weenig, a sophomore BYU student. “The music was actually really good too — the DJ even said, ‘This is not stake dance music!’”

The party lasted from 7 p.m. through 11 p.m. at Brigham Square on BYU’s campus. According to the event’s Facebook page, the theme of the party was “Wyld Life,” and guests were invited to wear wildlife T-shirts, fur pieces or other animal-print clothing. Entrance to the party was free for any BYU students with a school ID.

Roughly 750 students attended the event which included dancing, interacting with real wild life and eating treats.
Roughly 750 students attended the event that included dancing, interacting with real wild life and eating treats. (Photo by Samantha Williams)

“Basically the event was an extension of ‘Wildlife Wednesday,’ where students wear wildlife shirts on campus once a week,” said Brandon Beck, BYUSA president. “We wanted to provide an opportunity for students to gather together and just have an excuse to dance the night away on campus while connecting to their inner spirit animal.”

According to Beck, roughly 750 students attended the wild event Friday evening. Students who attended were excited to see the reptiles and watch the animal keepers interact with the different creatures.

“There were live animals like snakes, turtles, crocodiles and alligators,” Anderson said. “They were really cool, but the animals kind of scared me.”

To learn more about the event, watch the BYUSA video here.

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