Schools, Kid’s Programs, Birthday Parties, and Events

We offer a wide variety of hands-on, educational programs! Click on the options below for more information!

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Schools and Children’s Programs (Camps, Libraries, Daycares, etc.)

Our hands-on animal presentations provide children with an immersive learning environment. Presentations are based in science education and teach about basic animal biology, feeding habits, habitats and ecosystems, conservation issues, and more! Grade-specific curriculum programs are available upon request (for example, Needs and Characteristics of Living Things for grade 1). All programs have the option of being very interactive (see recommendations for group size below), allowing children the opportunity to touch and hold a variety of exotic animals in a safe and controlled environment. 

Format

We recommend classroom sized groups of around 20-30 per presentation to allow everyone a chance to get to meet each animal up close. Additional time can be added on to accommodate for multiple presentations. We also recommend shorter time slots for younger children who may not be able to sit in one place for a whole hour. For example, for 3 classes of around 25 kids each, 3 separate presentations of 30-60 minutes in length depending on the ages of the kids is ideal. We advise against presentations longer than 60 minutes as attention spans tend to wander no matter the age. Larger groups can be accommodated for bigger shows, however please note that the more participants there are the less interactive the presentation can be. Alternate program formats such as meet and greet style are also available if a presentation format is not a good fit for you. 

If you have multiple presentations it is best that our animals are set up in a single location throughout the entire visit with groups rotating in and out. At all times we try to be as hands-on and interactive as possible. However, please keep in mind that exactly how much interaction we can do depends on a variety of factors including age, ability of participants to follow safety rules, size of room, etc. 

Please note that our standard packages come with 15 minutes of set-up time. If you believe that your venue will necessitate longer load-in time (downtown venues, large buildings, etc.), please discuss with our office about adding on additional time to allow for load-in and load-out. 

Client Requirements

There are a few things we require from you to ensure that our visit goes smoothly:

  1. A parking spot as close to where we are offloading as possible.
  2. An adult to watch over animal carriers for the few minutes when we are offloading to make sure no one is peeking or poking into carriers.
  3. Adult presence during the presentation in case of unruly children. Please remember that our job is to handle animals. It is not our place to be parents to the children as well. Besides, we love it when adults join in for the presentation too!
  4. A quiet and controlled environment for the animals. If at any point the noise level becomes too loud or the participants become too unruly, our handlers reserve the right to stop the presentation

Animal Packages

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Birthday Parties

Our birthday parties provide both kids and adults alike the unforgettable opportunity to interact with exotic animals; while at the same time learning about the animals biology, conservation issues, and responsible pet ownership. Our parties are not just for kids! We often attend parties and private experiences for adults and seniors as well! At all times we aim to be very hands-on allowing participants the opportunity to touch and hold many of our animals. That said, the level of interaction that we are able to provide is dependent on the size and behavior of the group (see recommendations below). 

Format

Our parties typically range in 60 – 90 minutes in length. This time can be filled with a formal presentation, a meet and greet style booth, or a combination of the 2. We recommend shorter presentation time (<40 min) for young kids, with the additional time used for more casual interaction with the animals. Group sizes of 15 participants or less work the best for parties. In our experience, when there are 20 or more participants it becomes very difficult to provide safe interaction with the animals and as a result our handlers may significantly scale back on the level of interaction that they facilitate. Don’t forget to have a camera ready – there will be lots of moments that you will want to capture! However for the welfare of the animals, we ask that you have your flash turned off. 

In order to ensure the well being of the animals and to maintain a safe environment for both people and animals alike, we require a quiet, controlled environment. If at any point the noise level becomes too loud or the participants become too unruly, our handlers reserve the right to stop the presentation. 

Please note that our standard packages come with 15 minutes of set-up time. If you believe that your venue will necessitate longer load-in time (apartment / condo buildings, office buildings, etc.), please discuss with our office about adding on additional time to allow for loading and unloading to ensure that your event runs smoothly.

Client Requirements

There are a few things we require from you to ensure that our visit goes smoothly:

  1. A parking spot as close to where we are offloading as possible.
  2. An adult to watch over animal carriers for the few minutes when we are offloading to make sure no one is peeking or poking into carriers.
  3. Adult presence during the presentation in case of unruly children. Please remember that our job is to handle animals. It is not our place to be parents to the children as well. Besides, we love it when adults join in for the presentation too!
  4. A quiet and controlled environment for the animals. If at any point the noise level becomes too loud or the participants become too unruly, our handlers reserve the right to stop the presentation

Animal Packages

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Corporate Events

Take a walk on the wild side by inviting a variety of exotic animals to your next event! Our corporate events allow the unforgettable opportunity for guests to interact with our animal ambassadors, while at the same time learning about them and developing a greater appreciation for wildlife!  

Format

Format will vary depending on what works best for your event. Our handlers can provide a formal presentation, facilitate interaction at a drop-in meet and greet booth, or a combination of the 2. Formal presentations are only highly interactive when the group size is 20-30 or fewer. Presentations to larger audiences will be mainly hands-off. For events of >100 people, we strongly recommend adding on additional handlers to ensure that all your guests have the opportunity to interact with the animals. 

Please note that our standard packages come with 15 minutes of set-up time. If you believe that your venue will necessitate longer load-in time (as is the case for the majority of buildings in downtown Toronto), please discuss with our office adding on additional time to allow for loading and unloading to ensure that your event runs smoothly.

Client Requirements

There are a few things we require from you:

  1. A parking spot as close to where we are offloading as possible.
  2. An adult to watch over animal carriers for the time that we are offloading to make sure no one is peeking or poking into carriers.
  3. Adult presence during the presentation in case of unruly children. Please remember that our job is to handle animals. It is not our place to be parents to the children as well. Besides, we love it when adults join in for the presentation too!
  4. A quiet and controlled environment for the animals. If at any point the noise level becomes too loud or the participants become too unruly, our handlers reserve the right to stop the presentation.

Animal Packages

Browse our different animal package options here

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