Note: As of January 27, 2023, Urban Safari Rescue Society is closed due to a fire. Updates can be found on their Facebook page. If you’re a fan of the society (and really, who isn’t?) and would like to contribute to their fund-raising efforts, you can do so by following this link.
Calling all creepy crawly enthusiasts and animal lovers!
You don’t have to go far to visit exotic and exciting animals. Not only are the animals rare and amazing, you’ll also get to learn about preservation and conservation while you’re there. How cool is that?
Urban Safari Rescue Society rescues and cares for exotic animals surrendered to them, as well as educates the public about animals, the natural world and conservation issues. They encourage curiosity and learning about animals and their habitat, and have been educating the community about conservation for 28 years. They offer tours of their facilities, information on all the animals, and encourage people to sponsor the animals as well.
Gary Oliver conceived Urban Safari from Cinemazoo in 2007, in an effort to make a difference in the lives of people and animals. It continues to be a non-profit society, dedicated solely to the rescue and care of exotic animals, and continuous education of the public. Both himself and staff visit schools and the community, offer info sessions and hands-on learning and experience with the animals.
They have over 350 exotic animals, and all of them have a story. Among them are snakes, turtles, chameleons, spiders and more. Many of these animals require special care for the rest of their lives, and Urban Safari Rescue Society is there to take care of them, and let you learn about them in the process. They also partner with schools and other places, like Canuck Place and Children’s Hospital, to give back in their community and support other organizations doing important work.
Stop by for a tour, a course, or a party! Come and get hands on with some awesome exotic critters.