Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo is a privately funded zoo and animal rescue founded and co-owned by Paul and Sheri Goulet. In 2008, they invited Matthew Korhonen, the zoo’s curator, to become a partner.
The zoo displays over 250 animals including Giant Pythons, Alligators, Cobras, Rattlesnakes, Tarantulas, Marmosets, Birds of Prey and more.
The zoo is known as the largest and most diverse animal education outreach program in Canada. They have received awards for working with children of all ages and have trained other zookeepers on presentation skills and the care and husbandry of reptiles and invertebrates.
Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo also takes their animals on the road! Their staff delivers dynamic and interactive reptile shows including: parties, school shows, roadshows, fairs, museum exhibits, and corporate events.
5305 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1X 1H2
www.raysreptiles.com (opens in a new window)
613.822.8924 or 1.877.522.8440
General Admission: $12.50
Ages 2 and under: FREE
Family Rate: $48 (for four people, $10 for each additional person)
*prices (as of 2013) subject to change without notice, please see Little Ray’s website for more details (click on link above).
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
$140 per year for 4 family members ($25 each additional person)
Single Parent/Couple Membership:
$95 per year
- free entrance for one year
- 10% off gift shop purchases
- 10% off pet store purchases (not including aquariums & feeders)
- 10% birthday parties (at home or zoo)
- 10% off Summer Eco-Zoo Camp
- 1 1/2 hours – 2 hours to see and do everything
- Interactive hands-on presentations
- Feeding demonstrations on rotation throughout the day (no set times)
LITTLE RAY’S REPTILE PET STORE
A great selection of captive-bred reptiles, amphibians and tarantulas are available at their pet store. They also have a full line of supplies for your exotic pets.
Does it seem a little strange to have a pet store at a zoo? Actually, it’s a perfect fit! Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo staff is knowledgeable about their area of expertise. If you want to know anything about caring for a happy and healthy pet reptile, they are the people to ask. You can count on them for advice on a suitable pet and loads of information about keeping and caring for your pet reptiles.
Little Ray’s Reptile Pet Store offers captive-bred, pet appropriate animals, sold by people with experience and knowledge, who are passionate about educating the prospective pet owners.
Pet store hours: 10 – 5 p.m. everyday
LITTLE RAY’S ECO-ZOO CAMP
Get up close and interactive with a variety of animals at the zoo. Immerse yourself in the inner workings of a zoo. Learn about the care and maintenance of the incredible species on display, and gain in-depth knowledge of the many species of plants and animals that live at the zoo and the in the forests around Ottawa. All done in a fun, interactive, energetic, engaging format.
Little Ray’s offers week-long program camps at the zoo and at other locations around Ottawa that focus on Eco-education. Children that register will learn about subjects from endangered species, to how to protect our fragile environment, to hands on activities with the animals. The campers get interactive info sessions, crafts, sports, nature hikes and daily swims. Please check with their site to learn more.
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