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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August 22

Farm Crawl Hamilton

Tourism Hamilton

28 James Street North, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2K1

Time: 10:00 am

Now thru October 31

ZIPLINE & AERIAL GAME TREK

Treetop Trekking

5050 Harrison Rd, Binbrook, ON L0R 1C0

This park has activities for all ages and heights. Individual Rate Ages 16+ $59.99; Ages...

Now thru September 10

Adult/Teen Summer Art Classes – Write, Write, Write

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON N3T 5G9

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Coach House for 6 weeks; $120 non-members /...

Now thru December 31

Christie Lake Conservation Area – Swimming, Picnicking

Christie Lake Conservation Area

1000 Highway 5 West, Dundas, ON, L9E 5E2

Open 7 days a week, from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted. Per Vehicle and...

Now thru September 20

Lazy River Tubing Paris to Brant Park

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Raft - Personal Kayak-Raft Reg $/person $36.96 + HST; Various times available; Starting point at...

October 1 - November 30

Upper Nith River Experience in Fall

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

Fall Colours!

Now thru September 17

Full & New Moon Beach Yoga

Burlington Beach Rentals

1094 Lakeshore Rd Burlington, Ontario

$27.00 + HST Held every Full Moon Beach Yoga 8 p.m. July 5th & August...

Now thru September 15

Learn to Kayak

Staycation Beach and Boat Rentals Inc.

Binbrook Conservation Area, 5050 Harrison Road, Hamilton, Ontario

Price: $100-$145 Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. - 2 to 1.5 hr sessions July 7 & 14...

August 29

Historic Cooking Workshop: MacNab’s Kitchen

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Cost: $35.00 per person. Pre-registration required.

June 15 - July 3

Ring Of Fire

Theatre Aquarius

190 King William Street, Hamilton, ON

Various Prices; Weekdays Tuesday to Friday 7:30 pm shows Saturday 1:30 Matinee; Evening 7:30 show...

Now thru November 7

Upper Nith River Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Starting point at 113 Grand River St. North, Paris, at 10:00 am Canoe - regular...

Now thru October 15

Guided 2 day /1 night Youth River Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113

Starting point at 113 Grand River St N, Paris; Starting time at 9 am; Canoe...

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