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Sugar Glider – native to Australia


The Urban Safari Rescue Society offers a unique educational opportunity for students of all ages. We have been teaching children for 28 years about the natural world, bringing the zoo to them in an hour long presentation of

Salmon Belly Bird Eating Spider - Native to Brazil

Salmon Belly Bird Eating Spider – Native to Brazil

exotic animals to schools, libraries, hospitals, daycares, and other public venues.
We focus our presentations on conservation of animals, animal characteristics, habitat, adaptations, behaviors relaying interesting facts and stories.


We bring approximately 20 animals and artifacts for each presentation covering insects, arachnids, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals.
Our animal educators teach to all age and grade levels, from kindergarten to Grade 11 Biology.  The presentation is appropriate to the curriculum. We can support your program with a tailor-made presentation emphasizing the particular subject matter you are teaching, such as rain forest animals, nocturnal animals, particular animal families, habitats, adaptations and more.
We can present to a single class, multiple grades or groups, or the entire school. Included in our presentation is an age appropriate activity booklet with information about the animals we bring, games, puzzles, and colouring that can be photocopied and handed out and a 3 month sponsorship of one of the rescued animals at our facility. Your school will receive a certificate for display and your school name will be placed on the animals’ enclosure and on our Animal Sponsorship page on our web site.

Please scroll to the bottom for a note to teachers.


Emperor Scorpion – native to Africa


Here is what teachers have said about our presentations:
“….. all forms of education are necessary and important, it appears this program has encouraged a type of learning which often does not happen with traditional educational programs”  –  Sheila Roberts – Principal – St. Patrick’s Elementary, Vancouver
“….. I have has people visiting my classroom for thirty years and your presentation was among the very best that my classes have enjoyed”  – Jim Babchuk – teacher – Regent Christian Academy, Surrey
“ ….. my students were given a wealth of information, they kept the kids captivated and absorbed for an hour, and that’s not easy! “ – Judy Ann Nishi – Vise-Principal – Sir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary Annex, Vancouver

Leopard Gecko - native to desert regions of India and Afganistan

Leopard Gecko – native to desert regions of India and Afganistan


We bring 20 different animals and cover all animal families in each presentation.

1 hr. presentation for up to 3 classes combined – $220.00

Multiple presentations at the same location on the same day – $190.00

School Assemblies – $290.00

Scouts/Beavers/Sparks/Girl Guides – $220.00

If you are located north of the Fraser River add $8.00 bridge toll
5% GST is applied to all pricing
Please note that the animals are under the control of our professional animal handlers at all times, we are fully insured and hold all the permits required to show these animals.

Also note that we are fully insured, hold all permits required by the Department of Fish & Wildlife, and our presenters ( animal educators ) have had criminal record checks by the RCMP.

” I wanted to forward a message I got from one of the moms in class. This is the kind response I’ve gotten so far from parents and staff, I wanted to share this particular one with you because the boy this mother is referring to is not a communicator, and does not get any joy out of school at all. This is a BIG DEAL!!! “…. Nik  the email continues as forwarded from the boy’s mother –  ” ….thank you for sharing the wonderful creature experience with the class. Jeremy told me all sorts of interesting things all the way home – he hasn’t told me so much about a day at school ever!!! in 3 years !!! Thanks again, Jenn”

Here is a list of some of the schools, libraries, and organizations we have visited:

Canuck Place
Ronald McDonald House
Bethesda Christian Association
Kingsgate Mall
Science World
Dixon Transition Society
Make-A-Wish BC
Balding for Dollars – BC Children’s Hospital
Vancouver Coastal Health
BC Children’s Hospital
Variety Club – Boat for Hope – 14 years in a row
Burnaby Youth Custody Services – BC Ministry of Children and Family Development   11667329_10153507468256934_5030506336201246850_n 11701168_10153507467861934_8381455782184646342_n
YMCA Summer Programs
WOW Productions
Denman Place Mall
Sharing The Wealth Festival
Fort Langley Halloween Celebrations
Labour Day at Burnaby Village
Champlain Mall
and many more

Vancouver Public Libraries – all of them
Port Moody Public Libraries
Fraser Valley Regional Libraries
Surrey Public Libraries

Lord Strathcona Elementary
Guildford Park Secondary
Prince Charles Elementary
Cameron Elementary School
Irwin Park Elementary
Hugh Boyd Secondary
McRoberts Secondary
Betty Gilbert Elementary
Plymouth Elementary
John Oliver Secondary
Glenayre Elementary
Forest Grove Elementary
West Bay Elementary
and many, many more!!

Daycares, Scout groups, Beavers,
Sparks, and Girl Guide groups
too many to list.

A note to teachers:

In compliance with the new BC Science curriculum, we have designed our program to highlight the core competencies of communication, thinking, and personal awareness and social responsibility. We particularly focus on the Big Ideas mentioned in the curriculum: all living things and their environment are interdependent; multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive; reproduce and interact with their environment; living things are diverse and can be grouped and interact in their ecosystems; animals have observable features; all living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment.

The theme of the Urban Safari Rescue Society and our classroom presentations is that animals of all descriptions deserve respect and are important as the biological platform for all higher forms of life including humans.

It is primarily an educational experience however, in order engage the students we endeavor to make our presentations as entertaining as possible.

PLO –  Kindergarten: Compare common animals and describe features of animals compare common and uncommon animals and describe features in animals.
– Grade 1• classify living things • describe the basic needs of animals (e.g., food, water, light)! • describe how the basic needs of animals are met in their environment
– Grade 2 • classify familiar animals according to similarities and differences in appearance, behaviour, and life cycles • describe some changes that affect animals (e.g., hibernation, migration, decline in population) • describe ways in which animals are important to other living things and the environment
– Grade 4 • compare the structures and behaviours of animals in different habitats and communities • determine how personal choices and actions have environmental consequences

– Grade 6 • analyse how different organisms adapt to their environments • distinguish between life forms as single or multi-celled organisms and belonging to one of five kingdoms. We, of course, can speak about the animal kingdom.
– Grade 7 – analyse the roles of organisms as part of interconnected food webs, populations, communities, and ecosystems * assess survival needs and interactions between organisms and the environment.
We welcome teachers to ask for specific themes and questions to be looked at so we can tailor the presentation to meet their needs. We ask that teachers remain in the classroom and assist us if needed and to ask questions that will further all discussions and make connections to lessons that have been taught previous to our visit.
References – We have been invited into classrooms around the Lower Mainland for many years and references can be obtained from teachers, program directors etc.  from schools and organizations all over the Lower Mainland. We have included a few here. If you want specific references from teachers and principals within the your School District we will contact various teachers for their permission and forward those to you.
Kelly Stuart – coordinator for Variety Club

Bronwen Walls – Librarian    <>

Suzy Morrison – Recreation Coordinator Hollyburn Country Club 604 913-4562

Dorothy Watkins – principal – Sir Matthew Begbie Elementary ( Vancouver ) 604 713-4686

Lisa Langlet – assistant programmer – Burnaby Village Museum, City of Burnaby 604 297-4549

Laura Fielding – Recreation Therapy Coordinator – Canuck Place 604 742-3474


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