It was a great success, yet it was decided that the experience was too brief, so the time span was increased in subsequent years to permit for additional workshop and camp-related activities.
Origin of Camp Feral!
The concept for Feral! was first drawn up during the summer of 1997 over the span of several meetings. Several furs showed great interest in hosting a furry conference in the Toronto area after having attended Albany AnthroCon 1997 in July. P.Pardus is credited for being the driving force behind starting Feral!. A committee was soon brought together, including P.Pardus, Terry Wessner, Silfur, Benjamin, and Wilykat.
Workshops lasted about an hour and a half each, led by popular artists, writers and fursuiters including Cataroo, Ostrich, MelSkunk, Benjamin (then known as Simba), Torrle, Smash Greywolf, Tir'ran, Marlos, and Terry Wessner.
The official con book was referred to as the Feral! Survival Guide. Benjamin's rendering of Farley, the Feral! mascot, graced the cover. Shown to the right, this was the very first illustration of Farley, the lynx.