Junior Zoo Keeping Course

Baby boa constrictor

Baby boa constrictor

The next session of the Junior Zoo Keeping course begins:

Oct. 2 to Nov. 13 2021

10 am to 12pm – 2 hours of exploration and learning every Saturday for 7 weeks

We will also have an afternoon class from 1pm to 3pm – Choose the class that best suits your schedule

This course is for teenagers aged 13 yrs. to 17 yrs. old

All participants must be fully vaccinated and be able to show proof on the first day.

Face masks are mandatory


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 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, safety while working with animals, 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.

The first hour is in our classroom and a lesson plan. The second hour is hands on work with our animals with the guidance and supervision of our instructor.

2 hours – Saturdays – 10am to 12pm.

each session – 7 weeks          class sizes are small

If your teen ever wondered what animal can lick its own eyeball, what careers are out there for them working with animals, why do we have zoos and conservation centres, how to introduce a new animal into a new enclosure, why many exotic animals don’t make good pets, and much more, this is the course for them.

cost – $210.00 + 5% GST.

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

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

Please note there are no refunds after the course session begins

Jr zoo keeping

A student with the domestic rat he is training.

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Learning about snake anatomy.

Our camp leader – Sophia N. is a 4th year biology and neuroscience student at Trinity Western University. Over the years she has taught our Nature Club and Jr. Zoo Keeping courses and summer camp. She is one of our presenters for the outreach program and animal care attendant. She loves introducing children and youth to the world of animals and environmentalism.

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