on August 11, 2010
Did you know there's a zoo in Nova Scotia? Not a lot of people do. It's in the Annapolis Valley in Aylesford and while it's not to the large scale of the London Zoo or the Metro Toronto Zoo, there are a few exotic animals in addition to lots of other birds, animals and creatures. It makes a nice day trip from Halifax, too. You can get there in about an hour and a half. Take a picnic or have lunch in nearby Berwick. To find the zoo, head down Highway 101 into the valley and take exit 16. There will be blue zoo signs to lead you on. Entrance fees are $7.00 for an adult with discounts for children, students and seniors. They're open from Easter to Mid-November, 10 a.m. to dusk. Most of the site is wheelchair accessible. There's a gift shop and toilets on site as well as a canteen. So what will you see there? They boast the largest number of exotic cats in Atlantic Canada and there certainly are a good number of tigers, lions and one or two jaguars as well. You'll also see cougars and lynx. The lions are in an open enclosure but the tigers and jaguars are in a more of a caged environment though their enclosures are still long with lots of room for them to run. They have an owl enclosure which is kind of cool. There are deer that come up to the fence for a pat or some corn you can buy to feed some of the animals. There's gibbons and monkeys, a couple of camels, zebras, a Llama and an alpaca and some ponies that the kids can ride. There's tortoises and lizards and iguanas and snakes if you like that sort of thing, some wallabys, meercats, a bear and foxes if you don't. Birds and farm animals are always popular, too!It's a nice little zoo, with plenty of parking and picnic space. It's a great place to take the kids and see the animals. In spring you can see some of the newborns, and hear about the animal conservation programs.
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