Want in on a secret? Baby animals in real life are even MORE adorable than the ones on your Facebook feed! Take a Great Canadian Day Trip and see some of these cuties for yourself.

African Lion Safari is recognized internationally for its breeding programs for rare and endangered species, which also happens to make it home to some of the cutest babies on the planet! The park has 12 Asian elephants, the largest Asian elephant herd in any zoological facility in North America. While they may be more “toddlers” now than “babies,” little Gigi and Anna were just born in 2015, and they’re still pretty darn cute.

On December 31st, 2013 African Lion Safari welcomed “Safari,” Canada’s first artificially inseminated giraffe. This was the first time a giraffe had been born by means of artificial insemination in Canada and only the second time ever in the world. Baby Safari, a Rothschild Giraffe, was just 175 cm tall at birth. Plan a trip this spring or summer to see for yourself how much a giraffe grows in just 2.5 years.

To get closer than you’ve ever imagined to that diverse cast of characters at African Lion Safari, consider a Wake Up The Wild experience. This behind-the-scenes tour with a Game Warden guide offers unrivalled access to the park before it opens and allows you to witness the animals during their most active time of the day. You’ll also be whisked away on an open-air truck tour where you’ll come within one metre of endangered rhino, zebra and ostrich and get the opportunity to hand-feed a giraffe.

At Brantford’s Twin Valley Zoo, children can learn how certain animals change as they grow, their natural habitats, and why they are important to that habitat. Educational presentations let children experience some smaller animals and babies up-close. While visiting bring along your lunch and enjoy our picnic area, and take a stroll on a short nature trail (less than 1km long) in our 5 acres of woodland.

If your crew is looking for farmyard fun, there are several hands-on barnyards located in Hamilton Halton Brant where you can get your baby animal fix. In Milton, visit Chudleigh’s or Springridge Farm. In Oakville, make a stop at Bronte Creek Provincial Park Play Barn, where in addition to meeting farm animals, kids can climb and jump in the Play Loft. In Stoney Creek, stop by Puddicombe Estate Farms to meet the horses, cows, goats, chickens, emus, and pigs that call the farm home. In Campbellville, Mountsberg Conservation Area’s new barn has Percheron horses, sheep, goats, rabbits, and chickens. Mountsberg is also home to a herd of bison, so take a stroll beside the paddock and see if you can spot any new additions.

Don’t keep all the cuteness to yourself! Share photos of your animal adventures with us using #HamiltonHaltonBrant.

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Rentals – Canoe, Kayak, Bikes, River Tubes

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily; Between: Apr 10, 2022 and Oct 31, 2022

Now thru August 23

Kelso Mountain Bike Series 2022

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

Now thru August 28

Garden Tour

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

10 to 20 Minutes. 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm.

June 29 - November 30

Flight, Bite & Nature Walk

Visit our website for current availability.

Now thru July 25

Drumming

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Now thru October 15

Canoeing Basic Skills Certification

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Sun Between: May 5, 2022 and Oct 15, 2022

Now thru August 19

Children’s Gardening: Sow and Grow (Ages 5 to 7)

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Now thru October 31

Camping at Kelso

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

Additional campers are $10 / person

July 9 - 10

Children’s Longhouse and Small Pack Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cabins are also available for rent for those interested. Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $225 (Half must...

Now thru November 21

Grand Voyageur

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily, Between: Jan 20, 2022 and Nov 21, 2022

Now thru August 17

Paddling in Paradise

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Exhibitions

Hamilton Civic Museums

Throughout the City of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2K1

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