Animals at Little Ray’s Wildlife Festivals come from Little Ray’s Nature Centre, the largest exotic animal rescue in Canada. Located in Ottawa, Ontario, since 2000, we provide sanctuary for hundreds of seized and unwanted pets until the best long-term solutions can be found. Little Ray’s Nature Centre is a member of the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA), and we are partnered with the Ontario SPCA.
About 80% of the animals in our care are unwanted pets or animals seized because of animal welfare laws. We do not take animals from the wild. When we receive a wild-caught animal that can be re-released into the wild safely we will do so.
We also have some animals that were born at our facility, or other facilities in Canada, as part of breeding programs.
For Little Ray’s Wildlife Festivals, we choose animals that are appropriate for travel and handling in fun, thought provoking, educational programs promoting responsible pet ownership and conservation.