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A day trip to the zoo is always fun, no matter how old you are. In fact, being able to enjoy the experience seeing the wild animals through a young child’s eyes makes it all the more fun. Gather the family, pack some snacks in the car and go on a local safari!

Haldimand County boasts its own zoo: the Killman Zoo. The founder, Murray Killman opened the zoo in 1988.  There are approximately 25 species on the 33-acre property. It has one of the largest collections of ‘big cats’ in Ontario. You’ll be able to see lions, tigers and jaguars, among the many other beautiful animals. Looking for a unique party venue? The zoo will happily host your social event.

The Killman Zoo offers a range of programs, including those geared to children and also guided sessions. You can tour the zoo with experienced staff and learn all sorts of exclusive information to enhance your visit. Tours run weekend mornings. Extend your experience of the area and bring your bikes and ride on the rail trail between Unity Road East and Haldibrook Road. For more information on all that’s happening a Killman Zoo, visit: facebook.com/killmanzoo.

Not too far away is the Brantford Twin Valley Zoo. Just a short drive away, this 25-acre facility showcases a wide variety of native and exotic animals. The zoo was established in 1991 as a place for families to enjoy the outdoors in a quiet and clean environment. There’s an indoor party room, a great place to host your next broker meeting or any birthday party. If you’re visiting with family, bring a picnic and take a stroll on the forested nature trail. For more information and to plan your visit, go to twinvalleyzoo.com.

Heading north, just outside of Cambridge is Ontario’s famous African Lion Safari. This massive exotic animal park has so many ways to keep kids busy all season long. Experience the grounds by train, boat or bus, and remember to bring your bathing suits for the water park and splash pad. There is a food pavilion on site but also an area to rest and enjoy your own picnic. Visit lionsafari.com to learn more about programs and upcoming events.

Haldimand County and the surrounding area have many opportunities to experience nature and wildlife, making it easy to plan many adventures to these exotic destinations this summer. No plane ticket required!

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