We had a Saskatoon Wildlife Festival visit this afternoon. Saskatoon Wildlife Festival started today and we couldn’t wait to see all of the animals. Wallabies, parrots, a python, porcupines and more!  This festival was brought to us from the YYC Nature Centre, Cobb’s Adventure Park, & Cobb’s Exotic Animal Rescue. They have made an amazing experience for the little ones. They’ve even included educational programming about Cold Blooded Creatures and Mammals and Birds. My favourite part was the programming and learning about the animals. The speakers were very good – I know because my son listened to them more than he ever listens to me. They had the audience laughing at jokes and participating in the program.

Petting a wallaby. Photo by Erin McCrea.

We didn’t know what to expect when we walked in. My son didn’t know what we were going to see at all. I kept the entire thing a secret and he didn’t guess it like he usually does. He was pretty excited when he walked in and saw all the animals. He immediately went to visit the tortoise which later wandered around the hall as people wandered.

Exploring the exhibits. Photo by Erin McCrea.

My son loved the wildlife behind glass as well. We walked through every exhibit (sometimes twice) and I told him the names of everything and a little bit about each one. He definitely had his favourites. He was still talking about the tarantula we saw when I was putting him to bed.

Porcupine Kisses – Photo by Erin McCrea

There was one thing I noticed in every single section we went to and that was how much the people with the animals loved them. From the porcupine kisses to the parrot cuddles, to making sure the alligator was calm and comfortable. Each handler treated the animals like they were loved pets.

Holding his first alligator. Photo by Erin McCrea.

They had extra photo ops with certain wildlife (for an extra charge.) We decided to take the opportunity to hold an alligator. I don’t think my son will have this chance very often.

Parrots saying hello. Photo by Erin McCrea.

We had a lot of fun at the Saskatoon Wildlife Festival. We enjoyed meeting the animals. My son had a lot of fun petting the animals but he loved learning about the animals the most. He was happy to give his new friends one quick pet and then move on to learn about something else. If you have the chance to go this weekend, it’s a fun time!

Saskatoon Wildlife Festival Visit

When: May 13-15, 2022
Time: Friday – 1-8 pm | Saturday – 10 am to 6 pm | Sunday 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Hall E West WTC Saskatoon at Prairieland Park.
Address: 503 Ruth Street West