Wildlife Festival coming to Kimberley

This Thursday, December 3 at the Conference Centre, 1 to 8 p.m.

The bird of prey demo at the Wildlife Festival is not to be missed.

The bird of prey demo at the Wildlife Festival is not to be missed.

There’s a climate controlled truck full of reptiles and raptors headed for Kimberley.

This Thursday,  December 3, Ray’s Reptile Zoo and The Backyard Conservation Fund of Canada are bringing pythons, rat snakes, tarantulas, scorpions and tortoises, and the Canadian Raptor conservancy are bringing owls, eagles and a peregrine falcon to the Kimberley Conference Centre.

The two groups will present two alternating 30-minute formal presentations that include amazing free flight bird of prey demonstrations.

The shows are described as fun, highly educational and incredible.

In addition to the shows there are 20 live animal exhibits to enjoy with staff to answer questions for you. You will even have an opportunity to touch the animals and take photos, says tour coordinator Derek Young.

“There are lots of hands-on parts to the show. It’s one of the big highlights and the free flight demos are amazing.”

“Give yourself a good 1.5 to 2 hours to see and do everything, the shows are the highlight of this exhibit so DON’T miss them. Bring your camera (no flash photography please), your enthusiasm and enjoy!” says Little Ray.

The Wildlife Festival will run from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday with shows at 1:15/2:45/4:15/ 5:45/7:15 and Canadian Raptor Conservancy – Birds in Flight – 2:00/3:30/ 5:00/6:30. Admission is $12.50 per person with children 2 and under being free.

But Young says they want the shows to be accessible to all and cost shouldn’t be a factor if your family can’t afford it.

“Don’t let finances be a deterrent. Just email scarycheri@raysreptiles.com and we’ll come up with a price you can afford. We don’t want you to miss the show.”

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo is the largest animal rescue in Canada and is an accredited CAZA Zoo. 80 per cent. of their reptiles are seized or unwanted pets. The Canadian Raptor Conservancy is an educational facility that teaches the public about birds of prey and their important role in Nature.

The Wildlife Festival is on a tour of B.C. which began in Chilliwack on November 7 and will end next week in Prince George.