Zoo in Haldimand County

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2014 marks the 40th-year the Toronto Zoo has been saving and protecting species. The more than 5,000 animals representing over 450 species that call this zoo home probably have no idea they're citizens of Canada's most populous metropolis. Sprawling across 710 acres, their award-winning exhibits accurately recreate habitats from seven geographical zones, including Africa, Australasia, and the tundra.

  • Size: One of the largest zoos in the world with 5 indoor pavilions and 10 kilometers of walking trails that take visitors past the homes of over 450 species.
  • Eye Catchers: Masai giraffe calf, baby gorilla, lemurs, polar bear cub, African lions, and Canada's only giant pandas Er Shun and Da Mao
  • What to See Undersea: the Great Barrier Reef exhibit, filled with moon jellies, seahorses, and many striking fish
361A Old Finch Ave
Scarborough,
ON
CA

Little Ray's Reptile Zoo is a grand hotel for cold-blooded critters overseen by animal enthusiasts Paul "Little Ray" Goulet and his wife Sheri Goulet. At their new location in Hamilton, they host one of the largest sanctuaries in Ontario for unwanted reptiles. Meanwhile, the renovated Ottawa location features 25 permanent exhibits, a nature centre, and a hands-on room. Born from the joy Little Ray experienced sharing his personal collection of reptiles with school children, the zoo now encompasses a variety of exhibits and daily feeding demonstrations showcasing more than 150 animals.?

The expert staff?which has trained keepers at other animal facilities on proper husbandry and correct presentation?safely introduces visitors to the animals which include giant snakes, tarantulas, and more. The zoo is open daily for corporate groups, birthday parties, and everyday animal lovers to tour the reptile environs and educational displays. The reptile zoo hosts large private-party and function rooms and a jungle spa where pythons receive hydrating wraps to combat scaly skin.

869 Barton Street
Hamilton,
ON
CA

The most extensive reptile zoo and rescue facility in eastern Ontario, Little Ray's Reptile Zoo's original Ottawa location has become a grand hotel for cold-blooded critters overseen by animal enthusiasts Paul "Little Ray" Goulet and his wife Sheri Goulet. Born from the joy Little Ray experienced sharing his personal collection of reptiles with school children, the zoo now encompasses three outposts, each with a variety of exhibits and daily feeding demonstrations showcasing more than 150 tenants. The Goulets' expert staff?which has trained keepers at other animal facilities on proper husbandry and correct presentation?safely introduces visitors to the tenants which include 500-pound alligators, giant snakes, and monkeys. Each day corporate groups, birthday parties, and everyday animal lovers tour the reptile environs and educational displays. The Ottawa location's recent large-scale renovation increased public access to the building, putting in place improvements that include large private-function rooms, special animal exhibit spaces for attractions about animals of the rainforests, and a jungle spa where pythons receive hydrating wraps to combat scaly skin.

869 Barton St. E
Hamilton,
ON
CA

A world class tropical adventure, located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is the largest free-flying indoor aviary in the world.

5651 River Road
Niagara Falls,
ON
CA

Safari Niagara provides a home for more than 750 exotic and domestic animals. The park?s conservationists lead educational presentations on threatened species and aim to shape children into the world?s future caretakers through up-close interactions with the park?s most social residents. Alpacas, river otters, grey wolves, and falcons are among the many animals that prowl the 110-acre facility. Click here for up-to-date information about the 2015 season; the park is scheduled to reopen in mid-May 2015.

2821 Stevensville Road
Fort Erie,
ON
CA

The third-oldest zoo in the United States, the Buffalo Zoo was originally founded in 1875 as a deer park in the northwest corner of Delaware Park. Since then, it has grown into a 23.5-acre home for diverse species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish, all under the care of the Zoological Society of Buffalo, an organization dedicated to advancing the conservation of the world?s exotic, endangered, and ordinary animals. Within its habitats, creatures ranging from Asian elephants to poison arrow frogs serve as ambassadors from far-off kingdoms, and at the Delta Sonic Heritage Farm?s 1800s-era barn, a collection of berkshire pigs, southdown sheep, and other farm animals represents the fauna that once commonly lived along the Erie Canal. To carry out its educational mission, the zoo regularly hosts programs such as behind-the-scenes workshops and Zoo Snooze, in which kids can stay over for the night and wake up alongside the lions roaring angrily at their rooster alarm clocks.

300 Parkside Ave.
Buffalo,
NY
US