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Sugar Glider – native to Australia


During the Covid pandemic we are now doing these online via Zoom, or on any other platform you like for a private, interactive fun and educational experience. We have done these for people all over BC, Alberta, Ontario, USA, Australia, parts of Asia. We can do one for you too! email us at for information or to book.

We are also doing in-person presentations but we prefer to be outdoors in some shade. If we can’t be outdoors due to weather or space we will do the presentation indoors but it must be in a large open space like a gym or a similarly large space. Everyone must be at least 6 feet away from us at all times.

The Urban Safari Rescue Society offers a unique educational opportunity for students of all ages. We have been teaching children for many years about the natural world and the vast biodiversity of our planet 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, day cares, and other public venues.
We focus our presentations on conservation of animals, animal characteristics, habitat, adaptations, behaviours relaying interesting facts and stories.


We bring approximately 15 to 17 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. Included in our presentation is an age appropriate activity booklet for elementary aged students 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 15 to 17 different animals and cover all animal families in each presentation, except birds and fish.

1 hr. presentation for up to 3 classes combined – $240.00

Multiple presentations at the same location on the same day – $200.00

Scouts/Beavers/Sparks/Girl Guides – $240.00
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:

City of Surrey – Party for the Planet

City of Burnaby – Labour Day Festival, Rhododendron Festival

Surrey School District – CSP ( Dreams ) camps

Schools in the following Districts:

Abbotsford School District – Burnaby School District – Chilliwack School District – Coquitlam School District – Delta School District – Langley School District – Maple Ridge School District – New Westminster School District – North Vancouver School District – Surrey School District – Vancouver School District – West Vancouver School District –  and Private schools

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

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 to engage the students we endeavor to make our presentations as entertaining as possible.

Here are some of the BC Curriculum – Big Ideas and Content Connections covered:

Kindergarten Science: Animals have observable features – basic needs of animals
• Science 1: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment – behavioural adaptations of animals.

• Science 2: All things have a life cycle – metamorphic and non-metamorphic life cycles of different organisms
• Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
• Science 4: All living things and their environment are interdependent organisms in ecosystems sense and respond to their environment

Science 5: Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment
• Science 6: Multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment
• Science 7: Explanation for the diversity and survival of living things – survival needs and interactions between organisms and the environment

Biology 11: All organisms have characteristics that define them as living and interdependent. Life can be organized in a functional and structural hierarchy ranging from cells to the biosphere; living things are interdependent; living things are diverse and evolve over time

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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