If you haven’t had a chance to visit Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo it’s such a great experience for kids and families looking for a wild adventure! Little Ray’s is a privately funded zoo and animal rescue, the largest of its kind in Eastern Ontario. It’s about to get even bigger! They are temporarily closed while they work on their new location due to open July 2019. Super exciting news for all their fans since they will be going from half an acre and 7,000 sq. ft. to 3.5 acres and 14,000 sq. ft.!
We recently checked it out (for the second time) on a day where we were looking for something to do other than a play centre or museum. When we arrived, we were greeted by the adorable little marmosets (from the monkey family) in the entrance in their space that is shared with the gift shop.
We toured around while waiting for the shows to start held at various times through the day. In the room where they have their presentations you see a huge space full of bats (yuck!) but it’s super neat to see them all hanging down from the ceiling. The boys ran from display to display to see what was next. So many snakes from your smallest water snake to a crazy massive boa constrictor. One of their main attractions is the adorable little sloth … she’s getting a bit old so doesn’t come out for shows as often.
When it was show time, we got to see a snake eat a rat! Every boys dream right? It was interesting to see how they put the mouse in hot water to emulate a warm body since snakes like to eat live meat only. They wrestle with the little guy and wrap their body around him so that he ‘dies’ by suffocation before they take him into their mouth and swallow it without chewing. Apparently, these guys only need to eat every 2 weeks!
Shortly after that, the presenter lead us to the next show which took place in front of the cutest water monitor cage (a water monitor is a species of lizard). She was such a sweetheart. Her lunch consisted of a little field mouse that she had to work for, then we got to watch her run up and down the hallway for some exercise. The best show was next, where the kids got to touch the reptiles! I was impressed with how brave they were getting up close and personal with the snake, turtle and cuvier’s dwarf caiman (from the alligator family).
In between and after the shows we checked out all the animals and reptiles then headed outside where they have bald eagles and a lynx. I personally loved hearing all about the individual animal rescue stories from the awesome employee who happened to be there that day!
We had so much fun and I can’t wait to visit their new location which will be much bigger with many more animals and fun things to see! Just make sure to check out their website or follow them on Facebook for news, since it doesn’t open until July.
One thing I learned that warmed my heart is the program they have that will not turn anyone away. They don’t want their facilities to be cost prohibitive to those who cannot visit for financial reasons. I absolutely love this! They just ask you to email them and they will arrange entrance that works for you.
Be sure to visit these folks and check out their other services including camps and birthday parties which perked my interest for the next kids’ birthday parties!
Have you guys been and what are your thoughts? At the very least I’m sure you’ve seen these folks on the road when they visit Kids Festivals around town. Share your stories, I would love to hear all about it!