Junior Zoo Keeping Course

Baby boa constrictor

Baby boa constrictor

The next session of the Junior Zoo Keeping course begins:

April 29 2017 to June 24 2017 ( skipping Victoria Day weekend )

1 pm to 3pm – 2 hours of exploration and learning every Saturday for 8 weeks


Sulcata Tortoise Shell

Is your teenager interested in learning about caring for animals of all kinds? We have the course for them. The Junior Zoo Keeping course is a unique opportunity for teens to learn about caring for animals in captivity. There are projects such as designing a zoo, and learning to train a domestic rat. There is also hands-on animal care experience and training in basic zoo keeping techniques.


Rubbing lotion on a Sulcata tortoise shell to keep it conditioned.


The course covers topics such as pest control, animal husbandry,  zoo safety, animal characteristics and animal behaviours. The many possible careers working with animals is also covered in the course, the purpose of zoos, rescue centers, and conservation groups.

The course is taught  in a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by our 350+ exotic animals.

2 hours – Saturdays – 1PM. to 3PM.

each session – 8 weeks

So if your teen ever wondered how to tell a girl snake from a boy snake, what animal can lick its own eyeball, what careers are out there for them working with animals, how to train a rat, why do we have zoos, how to introduce a new animal into a new enclosure, why many exotic animals don’t make good pets, and much more then this is the course for them.

cost – $215.00 + 5% GST.

Registering more then one teenager? We have a 10% sibling discount.

To register call (604) 531-1100 or email: info@urbansafari.ca

Jr zoo keeping

A student with the domestic rat he is training.

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Learning about snake anatomy.

MeinBWOur Instructor
Ron Kertesz, M.Sc., has degrees in Toxicology and Pharmacology from the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia and his fascination with nature and animals lead him to do research on snake venoms and natural toxins during his studies. Mr. Kertesz has been involved with keeping and photographing animals since childhood including reptiles, amphibians, mammals and both freshwater and saltwater aquariums.  He combines his love for nature with experience tutoring children and educating the public through volunteer groups to the programs at the Urban Safari Rescue Society.

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