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Nov. 2020

The pandemic has brought many changes to Urban Safari and to all of you! But we soldier on and adapt – just like animals but quite a bit quicker.

We are open for visits by appointment only – face masks must be worn at all times by anyone over the age of 3. If you can’t wear a face mask you cannot come in – period. Please sanitize your hands at the door. Only one household group per booking. Bookings are aprox. one hour long. We encourage you to ask questions but from a distance from our staff. To book call our office at 604 531-1100 or email: info@urbansafari.ca

July 2020 – As we all learn to adapt to the pandemic

During the Covid pandemic we have some changes. We are open to the public for visits but everyone over the age of 3 must wear a face mask and sanitize your hands at the door. We are limiting the number of people allowed in the building so if it is busy we may ask you to wait 10 or 15 minutes until there is capacity. Also, of course,  please keep your distance from other groups. Please respect these protocols at all times. They are not flexible.

We are doing in-person presentations for birthdays, summer camps, day cares etc. We prefer to be outdoors and in some shade. If we can’t be outside due to weather or space we will do the presentation indoors but it must be in a large open space like a gym or other similarly large room. Everyone must be at least 6 feet away from us at all times.

We continue to do online presentations. Sign up for a private interactive presentation for the whole family via Skype or Zoom. The presentation will be one hour long and they’ll introduce you to 12 – 14 animals, including some that usually aren’t brought out for interactions. Feel free to ask questions, and the Safari Rescue staff will ask the kids questions as well to encourage creative thought and participation. Additionally, they will email an activity booklet to print off that’s full of puzzles, word games and colouring sheets, and the content will directly relate to the animals seen in the presentation.

April 2020  –  We’ve gone virtual while this Covid situation continues. Read below for details.

Who wants to see exotic and exciting animals in your own living room … well, via your computer screen! Not only are the animals amazing, but you’ll also get to learn about preservation and conservation. How cool is that?

Urban Safari Rescue Society rescues and cares for exotic animals surrendered to them, as well as educates the public about animals, the natural world and conservation issues. They encourage curiosity and learning about animals and their habitat and have been educating the community about conservation for over 28 years.

As we all settle into the reality of social distancing and self-isolation, it’s easy to forget that organizations like this one still have to care for their animals, and with in-person visits and tours off the table, it is becoming increasingly difficult. So, they’re getting creative!

Sign up for a private interactive presentation for the whole family via Skype or Zoom. The presentation will be one hour long and they’ll introduce you to 12 – 14 animals, including some that usually aren’t brought out for interactions. Feel free to ask questions, and the Safari Rescue staff will ask the kids questions as well to encourage creative thought and participation. Additionally, they will email an activity booklet to print off that’s full of puzzles, word games and colouring sheets, and the content will directly relate to the animals seen in the presentation.

Instead of charging their usual fee for presentations, Urban Safari Rescue have asked that if you are in a position to make a donation, it would help them tremendously. Donations will go directly to keeping the society running and providing care to the animals.

Other ways you can help the animals include donations of fresh veggies and fruit, hay, bales of straw, chicken scratch, rabbit food pellets and crickets or mealworms.

To book a presentation, send an email to info@urbansafari.ca

March 2020

The Urban Safari Rescue Society is not immune from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we recognize our responsibility as good citizens to protect others from the risk of infection. We have therefore suspended our community and public education program, including public tours of our animal care facility, until further notice. Our priority remains the wellbeing of the animals in our care, and of the staff and volunteers whose efforts achieve that.

The loss of revenue from our education activities will place unprecedented stress on our organization, and we have already taken the difficult decision to let some staff go and reduce the hours of work of others. We have also asked our volunteers to suspend their service contribution to Urban Safari until safer conditions prevail.

We hope that the federal and provincial governments will recognize the valuable contribution  non-profit organizations make to our society, and will help non-profits to withstand the serious challenges the pandemic is presenting to them, as they are doing for other sectors of our society and economy.  We also appeal to all of you who value the work we are doing to donate what you can to help us weather the pressures we are all sharing.

Thank you..

Greg Smith – Board President

Feb. 1 2020

Volunteer Appreciation Night.

Last night we had our Volunteer Appreciation Night. Thanks to all who braved the heavy rain to enjoy food, fun, games and prizes. We also want to thank the following for their support in making this evening to thank our volunteers a success. Greg Smith ( our President ), Vancouver Canadians Baseball, Art Knapps, Vancouver Aquarium, Science World, the Honeybee Centre, the Surrey Museum, Roger’s Aquatics, the Keg Restaurants. Your support means the world to us!! Thank you!

January 2020

Happy New Year!! Welcome to a new decade. We are wishing you a decade full of adventure and incredible discoveries!

The first new adventure for your child could be Nature Club – the next session of Nature Club begins Sunday Jan. 26 and runs for 7 weeks until March 8. Nature Club is 2 hours every Sunday and is designed for kids aged 6 to 12 years old. It introduces your child to the wide and diverse world of animals. It is taught by Sarah V. , a 4th year biology student from SFU. It is taught in a relaxed but highly supervised atmosphere and each week is full of activities, crafts, and lessons about animal concepts such as habitat, animal defences, how are reptiles different from mammals, animal families, adaptations, conservation and so much more. Call to register.

Nature Club flyer

Dec. 2019

DEC. 21 – 11 am to 3pm. bring your pet down to Urban Safari for Xmas photos in the PIXSTAR photo booth. Fun Xmas scenes – you got your photo right away to take home.
1395 176th St. south Surrey
All money raised goes directly toward the care and housing of our hundreds of unwanted and surrendered exotic animals.

October 2019

Family friendly Halloween Fun! Book a time in the Great Pumpkin Escape Room at Urban Safari Rescue Society. Figure out the clues, unlock the locks, solve the puzzle to help Charlie Brown find the Great Pumpkin while spending time with our hundreds of unwanted exotic animals. Call us to book a time 604 531-1100

May 2019

Urban Safari Rescue Society Members!!

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ( AGM ) is Sunday June 9 at 4pm. at Urban Safari – 1395 176th St. south Surrey BC


Sunday June 9 at 4pm for the AGM – 1395 176th St. south Surrey BC

Light refreshments will be served.

As a member in Urban Safari you are part of the only registered charity in the Lower Mainland dedicated to the rescue and sanctuary of exotic animals and the public education about these animals. You have a say in the future of our organization. As a member it is your right, as laid out in the Provincial statutes governing all societies in BC,  to attend the Annual General Meeting, ask questions, hear the accounts from the past year and learn about future plans. You also have the right to cast your vote for persons wanting to join the Board of Directors.
If you are interested in joining the new Board of Directors and becoming part of the governing body of the society please call us and we will discuss it with you. 604 531-1100.
All members in good standing are welcome.
April 2019

Here is a virtual tour of Urban Safari donated by Ryan Ruttan from www.starairvision.com

Thank you Ryan!!

We have changed the Bug Lab around since this was shot but enjoy.

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Nov. 2018

Are you starting to think about Xmas? We have a few ideas for the animal lover on your list. We have t’shirts for a $20 donation and we have the 2019 Urban Safari Biodiversity calendar !! It is a first for us, featuring the rescued animals at Urban Safari. For a $15 donation this wall art can be yours. call 604 531-1100 or email: info@urbansafari.ca

The following are just a few of the images in this beautiful wall art calendar.

Sept. 2018

Home Depot comes to the rescue! A huge thank you and miles of gratitude to Home Depot at Morgan Crossing for coming out to Urban Safari a few days ago to help with the outdoor turtle pond!! They brought a crew of folks to do the labour and donated the material to create a wonderful outdoor space for the Red Ear Slider turtles in our care. It was a huge job which we are still working on. In the end it will be a great space in a more natural setting for the turtles and a fun space for visitors to see and learn about the turtles and learn why they are a bad thing for our environment.
Red Ear Slider turtles are a serious invasive species in our environment and cause significant environmental damage. They should never be dumped in lakes, ponds or other water sources. If you have a population of Red Ear Slider turtles in your local lake etc. you can contact Wildlife Preservation Canada or the Western Painted Turtle Project and they will take care of the problem. Do not try to catch the turtles yourself.

December 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas for animal enthusiasts
We have a few Christmas ideas for kids and adults who are interested in animals.
call 604 531-1100 or email: info@urbansafari.ca for info. on the following:
1) Family Pass – $99 – for one year unlimited visits to Urban Safari – good for up to 2 adults and 4 kids
2) Register your young animal lover in Nature Club ( $125 ) for kids aged 6 to 12yrs. – starts Saturday Jan. 6 – 2 hours every Saturday for 7 weeks – a journey thru the animals world
3) Register your teenager in Jr. Zoo Keeping – $190 – starts Sunday Jan. 28 – 1pm to 3pm for 7 weeks – learn how to care for animals, learn about careers working with animals, and much more
4) sponsor an animal for a month or a year in the name of your loved one. All money goes directly toward the care, feeding, and housing of that animal.
5) donate to Urban Safari in the name of your loved one. As a registered non-profit we can issue you an official tax receipt for your donation.

November 2017

Check out our facebook series – Conservation Around the World

The series is a look at conservation efforts around the world and locally. Every week we will post a short story with pictures on our facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/UrbanSafariRescueSociety/

Check it out! You may become inspired. Here is a couple samples.

#5 in our series – Conservation around the world
Many species of sea turtles are endangered due to over development of their habitat, over fishing, poaching, even being hit by boats as they try to reach their beaches to lay eggs. The Mexican government has taken action. On both Mexican coasts the government employs biologists and workers to help save turtle eggs and hatchlings. Every early morning during turtle egg laying season workers and volunteers patrol the beaches by foot and ATV looking for nests where turtle eggs have been laid over night. The eggs are then dug up and carefully transported to turtle nurseries. Turtle hatchlings are released to the sea in the evening. This series of photos taken on a recent trip to Mexico explains the process. This government sponsored program is seeing great success. If you are vacationing in Mexico you can see the program in action. If you want to get more involved there are several conservation groups that take volunteers. You pay for your ticket there and room and board. They will teach you about turtle conservation and you get daily hands on experience in the field.

Baby Olive Green sea turtles make their way to the sea for the first time Turtle nursery – turtle eggs are buried in the sand and cataloged to await their hatching.

October 2017

Junior Zoo Keeping course !!

The next session of Urban Safari Rescue Society’s Junior Zoo Keeping course for 13 yrs. to 17 yrs. old begins Sunday Oct. 15 from 1 to 3pm.
This course is designed for teens who have an interest in animals and the natural world. During the 7 week course they will learn how to care for animals in captivity, what career opportunities are available when working with animals, training animals, animal characteristics, and much more. They will also be given opportunities to work with and care for many of the animals at our facility.
This is a unique course full of opportunity and information that they can apply in the future whether it is caring for their own animals or exploring future careers.
More information can be found on our web site under the Junior Zoo Keeping page in the Education section. If you have other questions or wish to register your teenager don’t hesitate to contact us by email: info@urbansafari.ca or phone – 604 531-1100

Save the Date! AUGUST 20 from 10am to 5pm. – the Urban Safari annual OPEN HOUSE

Join us for a day of family fun and adventure. We start the day with a pancake breakfast then launch into a day of exploration with animals.

    • the Honeybee Centre coming around noon to demo. Bee Beards and Urban Bee Keeping,
    • exploration and learn about all our hundreds of rescued exotic animals and meet some of the people who care for them
    • Montana’s restaurant food truck will be here from 12 noon to 5pm. serving their yummy famous food
    • The Smile Band entertaining with acoustical tunes
    • a scavenger hunt for kids
    • get your picture taken with an animal – challenge yourself
    • silent auction
    • and more


We will be coming to all 22 Fraser Regional Libraries from Hope to North Delta over the next 3 weeks to teach everyone about some amazing creatures, why they don’t always make good pet choices, and conservation issues. If you want to come join us for an hour of exploration check your location library for the date and time of our visit.

Jan. 4/17

HAPPY NEW YEAR Everyone! We wish you all the best of health and prosperity for the New Year.

We are excited about 2017!  We are working on new programs, planned renovations to our facility adding new things for our visitors to explore, and more.

Our first event is Saturday Jan. 7 up to 5:30pm. Tree Chipping and Bottle Drive fund raiser. Bring your Xmas tree and empty bottles and cans to us and we will give them new life – recycling the bottles and chipping the trees into mulch for gardens everywhere. Tree chipping is by donation. All money raised goes directly toward the care and housing of our 350 unwanted exotic animals. It is a great way to start their year, take care of some of your Xmas garbage, and get a warm fuzzy feeling for helping out.

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Dec. 4/16

Christmas Awesomeness!

Just in time for Christmas. We have the Family Pass and Membership. A great gift idea for the family who loves animals of all kinds and kids who are curious about the animal world.

The family Pass and Membership includes:

unlimited visits to Urban Safari for one year for 2 Adults and up to 4 children

10% discount off all our birthday party and school presentations and educational programs such as Nature Club, Summer camp, Spring Break camp and so on ( limit of 2 discounts per year )

Adults become members in the society and are entitled to attend our Annual General Meeting and vote on resolutions and the Board of Directors.

Adult members can also run for a position on the Board of Directors – you can help shape the direction and priorities of Urban Safari Rescue Society

For more information please visit our membership page.


Santa is coming to Urban Safari on Sunday Nov. 27 from 11am to 1pm. Bring your pet down and get a professional photo taken with Santa. For a minimum donation of $15 you get a digital file emailed to you and a 5×7 print to take home and a free visit to Urban Safari. Bring your furry, fuzzy, scaly, feathery friend. Santa loves them all. All money raised goes directly toward the care, housing, and feeding of our 350 unwanted exotic animals. 1395 176th St. south Surrey. 604 531-1100 




Animal Educator and Animal Care Attendant

We are looking for the right person for 4 days a week, possibly increasing to 5 days in the Spring. Please email resume and cover letter to info@urbansafari.ca


  1. A good base knowledge of exotic animals of all kinds – ( some formal education regarding animals, biology is preferred )
  2. Able to handle exotic animals of all kinds – not squeemish about snakes, tarantulas, lizards, rats etc.
  3. Excellent public speaking skills
  4. Clean drivers license and able to pass a criminal records check
  5. Flexible, adaptable, close attention to detail
  6. POSITIVE and WELCOMING attitude – you need to love what you do
  7. experience working with children of all ages
  8. able to lift 50 pounds ( 23 kilograms )

The Job: We will train you to be a presenter. You will go with our animals and an assistant to school, daycares, festivals, and private homes and teach people about exotic animals, issues surrounding exotic animals, conservation, and many other specific topics such as habitat, adaptations etc. You will ensure the health and safety of the animals in your care. You will exhibit professionalism and excellent customer service at all times.

As an Animal care attendant: we will train you regarding the care and feeding of our 350 rescued and surrendered animals. We have everything from insects to small mammals. You will clean cages, prepare food, feed animals according to their schedule, keeps records on feeding, cleaning, medical needs of the animals. You will also be responsible for general maintenance of the facility.

We are a diverse and very caring and dedicated group of people. This is a very unique job in an unique atmosphere for the right person. If you qualify please send your resume and cover letter to info@urbansafari.ca

Aug. 27/16

On Saturday September 17 at 3pm. we will be holding our Anuual General Meeting ( AGM ) at Urban Safari – 1395 176th St. Surrey BC. If you are a member in the Urban Safari Rescue Society please come and hear about the projects and progress we have made this year. You also get to see our income statement and balance sheet, and vote on our new Board of Directors. If you are not a member yet consider becoming a member. There are member benefits and you get to help shape the future of the society.

Aug. 18/16


Yesterday morning we were visited by the TELUS Charitable Giving team who handed us a donation cheque for $5,000.00 !! OMG!! We were speechless! Thank you Telus and employees for this much appreciated and well timed donation. As it happened one of our vans died so this money will go toward a replacement vehicle.
The TELUS Charitable Giving Program is a dollar matching program TELUS has with it’s employees. For every dollar the employee puts into the program TELUS matches and then the employee chooses a charity to receive the combined amount. Through this program TELUS and employees have donated $4.9 million to more than 2,350 registered Canadian charities in 2016. Way to go TELUS for helping small charities like ours continue to do the work we do.

Aug. 13/16

The Open House was last Sunday. It was a big success and we are getting back to normal. It was a fun day, a hectic day, and it was all about animals. Thank you to the 700 people who came throughout the day!

We had fun. We hope you all had fun and gained a new appreciation for animals of all kinds. We want to thank all our supporters and donors: all of our volunteers – our Boards of Directors – our staff – Vancouver Aquarium – PNE – Peachwave Frozen Yogurt – Bard on the Beach – Fly Over Canada – Save-On Foods – Montana’s Restaurants – Petland – Vancouver Canadians Baseball – Kahuna’s Restaurant – Kidsworld – UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum – Elements Casino -Critters & Friends – Wild Whales Vancouver – BC Lions Football – Otter Coop – Fairmont Hotels – Campbell River Store – Burns Bog Conservation Society – Rabbitats – Keta Ocean Conservancy – Urban Safari Vintage Store



Our brave and dedicated Ali wearing a bee beard of thousands of live bees.



Gary Oliver with Lakota the wolf dog


Liam, from the Honey Bee Centre, talking about Bee Keeping


checking out the amphibians

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July 15/16

It is almost time for our ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE… and you are all invited!

Come by on Sunday Aug. 7 from 10am to 5pm. and see what’s going on.

We want to thank our supporters and donors for helping create this unique event: Elements Casino – Bard on the Beach – Vancouver Aquarium – Urban Safari Vintage Store – Vancouver Canadians Baseball – Fairmonot Airport Hotel – Wild Whales Vancouver – Fly Over Canada – the Honey Bee Centre – Cinemazoo Mobile Petting Zoo – Kids World – Semiahmoo Arts – Burns Bog Conservancy – Peachwave – UBC Biodiversity Museum – BC Lions Football – PNE

Open House flyer - 2016

July 3/16

We have new summer hours. We are open to the public for visits 5 days a week. We are closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We are open from 11AM to 4PM. on all other days ( Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays ).

We look forward to having you drop in to learn about these exotic animals and issues surrounding exotic animals.

June /16

Things have been rather busy around here so it we haven’t updated in a while. So, here is what’s new around Urban Safari.

First, Join us on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 from 10 am to 5 pm. for the ‘TANKS HONEY’ barn sale. Looking for something special for your pet? We may have it and at garage sale prices! We have been fortunate to have large donations of pet supplies from Petland and Pet Habitat, as well as all the items people donate like used aquariums. We can’t use it all so we are holding this sale as a fund raiser. All money raised goes directly toward the care and feeding of our 350 rescued and surrendered exotic animals. Also the folks from the HoneyBee Centre will be coming by on Saturday to demonstrate Urban Bee Keeping in our brand new Community Bee Garden!

Tanks Honey poster

Second, We are proud and happy to announce our participation in Community Bee Keeping project. This initiative, created by the folks at the HoneyBee Centre on 176th St. in Surrey, is an effort to promote Urban Bee Keeping and establish 100 producing colonies of bees in Surrey over a 5 year period. The project volunteers, with the support of Hunter Gardens create a bee friendly garden which contains 2 active bee hives. Demonstrations of Bee Keeping and educational signage is provided to aid in public awareness. Our garden has been built and is growing nicely. The bees are working hard and establishing themselves very well. It is expected that our 2 hives will produce 35 pounds of honey each. The honey will be donated to the Surrey Food Bank.

We are loosing bee colonies at an alarming rate so it is important to make the public aware of the important work bees do pollinating food crops.


March 13/16

logo_screenWe are proud to be partnering with the Surrey School District for their DREAMS Spring Program. We will be donating our time and bringing animals to 4 different schools involved in the program. We will be teaching the kids about animals, habitats, adaptations, animal characteristics and much more. Read on to learn more about DREAMS:
The DREAM Academy after- school program surrounds students with positive role models who focus on strength-based approaches that facilitate academic achievement, increased leadership abilities, and healthy social development.
Participating students receive value added time to their school day through the introduction of unique and fun educational activities, relationship development opportunities and academic support in a safe caring and supportive learning environment.

Feb. 3/16

Our annual facilities vet check

We are happy to let you know that we just had the bi-annual vet check of our animals and facilities. This inspection was done by Dr.Hardin, an exotic animal specialist at Eagle Ridge Animal Hospital in Coquitlam. Dr. Hardin inspected all our animals and was impressed by the good health of the animals overall and by the cleanliness of their enclosures and the facilities. He gave us some suggestions on tightening up our already extensive record keeping systems and gave us tips on sanitizing our various large and small water filter systems when they get the scheduled cleaning. He prescribed treatment for a couple of our animals that we had concerns for and gave us the web address of a site veterinarians use to look up care advise for specific animals. The enclosure temperatures were taken of every animal sensitive to temperature. All was found to be in good order. Our next vet check is scheduled for August 2016. Any animals rescued or submitted before then will be taken to the vet if necessary.

I give all credit to Gary Oliver ( our founder and Director of Animal Welfare ), our hard working and knowledgeable staff, and our enthusiastic volunteers. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication. I am proud to work with all of you. Keep up the good work!

Sincerely, Sharon Doucette Executive Director

Jan. 27/16

Fund Raising Raffle !   images
You CAN win !! 2 tickets for –
Vancouver Canucks vs San Jose Sharks….March 3, 2016!!!!
If you want a chance to win tickets to see this game let us know via facebook or email info@urbansafari.ca or give us a call! 604 531-1100 $5.00 per ticket…. the draw is on Feb. 22 at 6 PM.
If you want to purchase a ticket call us at 604 531-1100 and we can take credit card payment over the phone. We’ll then scan the ticket and email to you. Easy peezy. If you win you’ll be notified by phone or email. Tickets are limited
Know your limit, play within it.
Gaming License #81864

Jan. 20 2016

A few days ago the animal control officer for the Richmond Animal Protection Society brought us 2 Red Ear Slider turtles. They found the turtles in a tank on the side of the road – abandoned. They had no room or the right facilities to keep the turtles, so they brought them to us. We put them in our indoor turtle pond and they are doing just fine. PLEASE – if you cannot keep and look after an animal – your pet please do not abandon them or let them go in our environment. Bring them to an animal shelter or try to re-home to home that can give them the care they need. Even though most shelters are nearly full ( including ours ) we cannot have animals abandoned at the side of the road.

red ear slider turtleRed Ear Slider turtle – Native to southern USA and northern Mexico

Dec. 2015

We at Urban Safari Rescue Society want to assure the public we are open today, and through the holidays, for tours of our facility.

It has recently come to our attention that a reptile rescue in Mission has run into some problems with the SPCA and had some animals seized, so we want to take this opportunity to make it clear Urban Safari has never had any connection to or association with that group.

Our South Surrey location is home to all kinds of animals, not just reptiles – nearly all of which are exotic species that have been abandoned or surrendered by their owners – and we give them the specialized care these animals need for the remainder of their natural lives. The veterinary care for our animals is handled by Dr. Hardin at Eagle Ridge Animal Hospital in Coquitlam.

Come visit us at 1395 176th Street, South Surrey to learn more about exotic animals. Our hours are: 11 am to 4 pm everyday except for Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The Urban Safari Rescue Society is pleased to announce the opening of the Urban Safari Vintage Store.

Located in the heart of historic Downtown Cloverdale, the heart and soul of this funky shop is the collection of tens of thousands of vinyl LPs, but there is so much more!  CDs, cassettes, 8 tracks, DVDs, and even VHS!  Video games and consoles, right from the early 80’s up to some of today’s newest games.

Did we mention the refurbished vintage stereo equipment that is sold with a warranty?  Or the uber-cool retro-mods (think tube radios with MP3 players, or 8 track decks with blue tooth!)?

How about the ever-changing eclectic mix of retro furniture and decor, that in recent days has included a set of 7 foot long steer horns that hung over a local bar for 70 years; an early 50’s formica dining set; a 1970’s foos-ball table from Chile; and a selection of Monica B’s Funky Furniture, all hand finished by Monica, daughter of local celebrity Shell Busey.

The icing on the cake?  Proceeds go towards supporting our mission at the URban Safari Rescue Society — rescuing and caring for exotic animals, and educating children about conservation and the environment.  Every purchase or donation of vintage goodies helps, and is much appreciated!


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Bring your pet down to Urban Safari on Sunday Nov. 22 from 1PM to 4 PM or Sunday Nov.29 from 11 AM to 2 PM. for a professional photo with Santa. For a minimum donation of $15 you receive a digital copy of your image emailed to you and a 5×7 print to take home. All money raised goes directly toward the care of our 350 rescued exotic animals…… and Santa will love you for it.

xmas flyer

There is so much that is new!!

Tour-3 Toed Box Turtle Nov. 2015 –   The next session of our unique Junior Zoo Keeping program designed for teenagers starts Saturday Nov. 15 from 1 to 3 pm.

Visit our Junior Zoo Keeping page for details

Oct. 2015 – BUGS!! We are very pleased to tell you we have new displays. One of our members has loaned Urban Safari a rather large collection of beautifully mounted insects. This collection, on a long term loan, adds to our already rather large collection of mounted butterflies, beetles and so on. So all you entomologists and budding entomologists out there come by our facilities and learn something new about bugs and all their diversity.


Ox Beetle


Two different species of Praying Mantis

Oct. 2015 – We have a new Board of Directors!!

Please visit our Board of Directors’ page to learn about the directors. Over the coming weeks information about this diverse group of people will be posted.

Open House Updates

August 2015 – Things are shaping up for the Open House. For the adventurous we have cricket and meal worm pancakes! We challenge you to start your day with protein rich crunchy pancakes with crickets and meal worms ( they are completely edible – food grade insects ). For those not so adventurous we will have the regular pancakes.


for our annual Open House – Pancake Breakfast and Barbeque!! Sunday August 23 from 10 AM to 5 PM. It will be a full day of fun, exploration and animals.

there will be:

* Pancake breakfast for early comers * photos with our big Boa Constrictor ( by donation ) * games for kids * silent auction of great items from ( Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club, Home Depot, works of art, gift baskets, Staple, and much more) * gallery of art from Semiahmoo Arts * Barbeque * Corky the Clown * our 355 exotic animals to see & explore * farm animal petting zoo * ‘Bee Beard’ demos from the Honey Bee Centre at 1:30 PM. * and more

Come have some fun and learn about us and the work we do and explore the animals on your own Urban safari.

Ball Python

Ball Python – native to Africa – smallest of the African python species.

July 2015 – We have had many animals come to us recently. In fact we had a young Ball Python sitting in a tank at our front door when we came in this morning. If you are surrendering an animal please bring it in to us – don’t leave it at the door! The snake was cooking in it’s tank with no water. We understand people are busy and maybe uncomfortable about surrendering an animal. But we are open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. and we are often here long after 5 PM. We will not judge you for surrendering your animal. Your animal needs a home – it is our mission as a non-profit society to provide that home with the proper care and food. We do not sell, breed, or adopt out the animals again. We care for them and provide education about animals. exotic animals, the natural world, and conversation issues to thousands of children and adults each year.

Giving Back

I wanted to send along our sincere thanks for your visit last Thursday! Wow! What an amazing show and the children there were just so engaged.
It’s always such a special treat when you folks come into the Hospice – the children and families so look forward to it and often it is the highlight of their stay with us.
As promised, I’m sending along a picture of Jayden (one of the kids who were there).
We truly appreciate your kindness and generosity. It was so great to see the kids being brave and touching / holding various animals (myself included J). Thank you once again.
Sincerely, Laura
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van Dusen easter egg hunt Easter is coming!! and we are very pleased to tell you Urban Safari Rescue and a variety of our rescued animals will be at Van Dusen Gardens ( Vancouver ) awesome Egg Hunt event! We will be there Saturday and Sunday April 4 & 5 from 10 AM to 2 PM each day. So come visit us and get up close with some amazing critters.
We will also be at the Roundhouse Community centre in Vancouver on Saturday April 4 for their Easter celebrations from 9:30 am to 2:30 PM. So come see us and meet some of the Easter Bunnies helpers.

We have Spring Break Camp !! for kids aged 6 to 12 years

5 afternoons of animal adventures and fun!! email: info@urbansafari.ca or call 604 531-1100 to register

Spring Break flyer

Shell Busey is coming to our rescue! We have taken in so many animals we have had to put them in our classroom space. So, now we need to build a heated classroom space so we can continue to run the various programs out of our facilities educating the public about animals and the natural world. Listen to Shell’s video and if you think you can help let us know. If you want to share this video that would also help us.

The Schools maybe still on strike into September
…and you’re wondering what to do with the kids so they are learning and having fun…..
Urban Safari is offering a ‘Strike’ camp. It is open to kids age 6 to 12 yrs. and is on a drop-in basis. BUT please let us know at least the day before you are coming. Camp will start Monday Sept. 8 to Friday Sept. 12. – 10 AM to 3 PM.

$40 per day plus 5% GST.
Each day will be full of animal adventures, learning about animals, crafts, games, and much more. Learn what lizard can lick his own eyeballs, learn about the different stages of tadpoles to frogs, have rat races,

have tortoise races ( weather permitting ), make hand painted t’shirts, and many other crafts. These are only a few of the things we do in our unique camps.
There is so much to learn!!
Call Sharon at 604 531-1100 with your questions and to register or email info@urbansafari.ca


A class of young entomologists ( bug enthusiasts )


Learning about tarantulas


We  have a new Board of Directors !!

After having a very successful AGM where we saw over half the membership turn out to vote we have elected a new Board of Directors.

They are: Pamala Combs – President

Greg Smith – Secretary/Treasurer

Marlene Dowle – Director

Robin Wiens – Director

Heather McDevitt – Director

Bibiana Demcak – Director

Dayna Ypenberg – Director

Alison Vickers – Director

Daniel Kovacs – Director

Congratulations to all and welcome to our new Board members!

It’s going to be a very interesting year!

Volunteers make our world go round!

Volunteers make our world go round!

Aug. 17 from 2 pm to 4 pm

Mark this time and date in your calendar ! We our having our volunteer appreciation BBQ. and our Annual General Meeting!

We love our volunteers and we couldn’t do what we do without you. So to show our thanks our current society president ( Greg Smith ) is hosting a BBQ. at his house and you are all invited!! Just so you know Greg is a fantasic cook and he lives only 5 minutes from Urban Safari. So please come and enjoy a couple hours of food and socializing with like minded people.
On the same day we are also having our Annual General Meeting for the society. This when you get to vote ( if you are 19 yrs. or older ) for people running for the Board of Directors. This is a very important requirement for the society. If there is no election there is no society, if there is no society there is no animal rescue.
If you are 19 or older you are a member of the society and are able to cast your vote.
Please call Sharon at 604 531-1100 to confirm that you are coming to this rather important event. You will be given the address when you call in.

Time for Summer Camp is coming!!

Our unique summer day camps teach your little animal enthusiast about animals of all kinds and encourages their curiosity about the natural world. For more information please visit our Summer Camp page or call us at 604 531-1100

Classes are small and we are taking registrations now so don’t delay!


Tortoise races with our tortoises is a one of the summer camp activities


JULY 12 you are invited to our SUMMER OPEN HOUSE AND BBQ.

Join us for a day of animal adventures and fun. All of our over 350 exotic animals will be here to greet you, there will be a BBQ., our new Bug Lab,  Silent Auction with some awesome donations from Home Depot, Fraser Downs Racetrack, Staples, Chatters Hair, Boston Pizza, Pet Solutions, Critters & Friends, and many more including several works of art, carnival games for the kids, rabbit village, get your photo taken with an animal for donation, and much more. Join us – Be Curious – There is so much to Learn !!!

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Photos with a Bearded Dragon

snake skin touch

Learning what living snake skin feels like


The Bug Lab, which was at the Honeybee Centre in Cloverdale has now moved to our location. Thanks to John Gibeau and the Honeybee Centre for the generous donation of this amazing collection and resource of all things BUGGY ! So we are very pleased to be the home of hundreds of mounted and live specimens of bugs. The exhibit will be installed and ready for the public by Saturday July 12. So come down and learn why Butterflies have patterns on their wings, why Tarantulas have hair, what is the heaviest insect, what insect migrate 2000 miles every year, why insects are so important to our environment, and much much more.

Prickly Leaf Insect

Prickly Leaf Insect

Mexican Red Leg Tarantula

Mexican Red Leg Tarantula


Paul and GAry

Artist Paul Archer with Gary Oliver and the new murals

Our new murals are installed and looking fantastic! Created by internationally known airbrush artist Paul Archer the murals reflect the animals care for every day. We are so grateful to Paul Archer for taking an interest in us and creating such a beautiful and welcoming work of art for the front of our building.

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Our new look!!

Spring is Coming!!


and we have Spring Break Camp for young Naturalists, Environmentalists, Animal lovers, and those curious about the Natural World. Send your kids on a wild adventure during Spring Break, with a camp experience they’ll never forget. Help them discover some of the planet’s most incredible things. You’ll be impressed with how much your kids learn as they enjoy activities, games, and animal encounters.

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Giant Stick Bug

This very unique day long camp accepts a maximum of 10 registrations per class over the March Break.

We have 2 classes:

March 17 to 21 for ages 6 to 8 years old

March 24 to 28 for ages 9 to 12 years old

Veiled Chamelion

Children taking part in this program will learn about animals of all kinds and the fundamentals of conservation and good environmental stewardship. The camp allows children to explore their curiosity about the natural world in our relaxed, unique facilities surrounded by our 300 rescued exotic animals.

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Learning about the anatomy of a frog


Monday thru Friday

10 Am to 3 Pm.


$200 plus 5% GST

10% discount for siblings

additional 10% discount for Society members ( see Membership page )

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

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