There is an Open Call to artists to participate in the Focus On Nature show in Albany, NY at the New York State Museum! They are looking for a broad representation of artists who can demonstrate high technical skill and scientific accuracy that comes with doing natural science illustration. In addition, great composition and aesthetics, etc., etc.
I have not done life drawing/painting in quite a while so I think this is a great opportunity to get back into it! I also love animals. And art shows!
The deadline to enter your work (4 pieces max.) is October 1st, 2011.
Best of all: No entry fee!