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Thrill the animal-lovers in your family at these attractions featuring wildlife native to Ontario, as well as exotic creatures from afar.
Get up close and personal with butterflies at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory or Niagara Falls' Butterfly Conservatory. Learn all about indigenous and exotic birds at Bird Kingdom and Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Morrisburg or witness live crocodile and python feedings at Vaughan's Reptilia.
The mountain goats, Arctic wolves, Tibetan yaks and Japanese sika deer feel right at home at Spruce Haven Zoo in Sault Ste. Marie. You'll need a full day to visit the Toronto Zoo, with 5000 animals representing over 460 species. From Squirrel Monkeys to Meerkats, there are lots of wild animals to see at the Riverview Park and Zoo in Peterborough, or feed goats and deer at the Brantford Twin Valley Zoo.
Drive through African Lion Safari near Hamilton and observe the animals roaming free, or photograph some of the world's largest felines at Jungle Cat World in Orono. Get close to bison at Cedar Meadows Resort near Timmins and meet Ganuk and Henry, the giant residents at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat. Meet a diverse collection of furry and feathered friends at Saunders Country Critters, just outside of Kemptville. Check out Toronto's newest aquatic attraction, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, featuring a moving walkway in a see-through tunnel, a tropical reef tank and over 45 interactive exhibits. Watch resident otters, Oliver, Ivy and Brock, dip, dive and play at the Aquatarium in Brockville.
You’ll feel all warm and fuzzy visiting animals that have been given a second chance at these sanctuaries and rehabilitation facilities. Book at private tour at Bear Creek Sanctuary in Barrie and learn about the care required for exotic wildlife. Meet Ontario’s most famous pig (and her friends) at Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Campbellville. There are almost 100 donkeys, mules and hinnies to groom at Donkey Sanctuary in Puslinch; pick up a momento of your visit at the Long Ears Boutique. On ‘work visits’ volunteers can roll up their sleeves and pitch in at Cedar Row Sanctuary located just outside Stratford. Sanctuary tours are held monthly at Wishing Well Sanctuary in Bradford while Piebird Sanctuary in Nipissing offers farm stays for those looking for a truly immersive experience.