Wednesday 8 June 2016

Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park, Shubenacadie, NS

Sister Sarah and I spent a couple hours this afternoon at the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park, which is less than an hour's drive from Halifax.  Admittance to the park is only $5 (and that includes parking!)!

Within the Shubenacadie (pronounced "Shoo-ben-ack-a-dee") Wildlife Park's 40 hectares is all the wonder and excitement millions of visitors have enjoyed for over sixty years.

Owned and operated by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, this facility places special emphasis on providing a wide range of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities to Nova Scotians and visitors alike.

A stroll through our two kilometers of wheelchair accessible and shaded pathways provides an open, yet intimate environment for easy viewing and ... yes, even talking to the animals. Interpretive panels throughout the park provide you with a wealth of information about the animals. Our knowledgeable staff is always on hand for assistance or to answer any questions you may have about our park.

Sister Sarah

Most of the animals at the park come to us from other zoological facilities in North America where they are born in captivity. They feel at ease around people and related activities so they are usually visible to the visiting public. A few have been received from members of the public who kept wildlife as "pets". Once they reach maturity these animals are usually no longer wanted. They cannot be released to the wild so they are sent to our park for rehabilitation and care.

It is the park's policy to provide the best possible care to orphaned and sick animals in need, with the ultimate goal being release back to the wild.

Some of the animals come to us from the wild as very small orphans with severe injuries. Even though they receive medical attention and the best possible care, some injuries could not be repaired so the animals have to remain at the park or be put down.

Some of the very young orphans require such intensive care that they become imprinted on humans. To release these animals to the wild would not be in their best interest as they will often fall victim to human activities.

We were greeted by some peacocks (there are about 40 in the park).

It was nice to walk around the park.  Here are just some of the animals and birds we saw.

The last time I was at this park I was about five.
It puzzled me then that there were reindeer ...
shouldn't they be with Santa Claus?!  Ha!

It's a great park to spend some time!

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