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    Opening day brings addition to fence for Marineland

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A familiar sight will be awaiting Marineland when it opens for its 58th season Saturday: Protestors.

    But those protestors will be seeing something different: A long, blacked-out section of the fence dividing the property from Portage Road. It spans the grounds where protestors are legally allowed to gather, in the area across from the Rapidsview parking lot.

    Get Fit At Safari Niagara!

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    Earlier this week I received the following email newsletter from Safari Niagara. Opening day is today… yay! I think I’m going later this afternoon.

    To subscribe to “Yak It Up”, the Safari Niagara newsletter, click on the subscribe link at the top of any page.

    Critters invade the Butterfly Conservatory

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The tropical heat of the Butterfly Conservatory played host to some cold-blooded fun over the weekend.

    The popular Niagara Parks attraction re-opened to the public Saturday after being closed for renovations.

    On the opening day guest list was a menagerie of critters from Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo including a 14-metre-long python, an alligator and a giant snapping turtle.

    Kevin Dungey, known as Caiman Kevin to the audience, hosted a series of interactive shows over the holiday weekend aimed at scientific education and animal awareness.

    “It’s all hands on and interactive,” he said, while holding an albino reticulated python.

    “You just don’t often get a chance to see these animals up close.”

    Our first trip to Safari Niagara (formerly Zooz) this year

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    As I’ve mentioned before, our family bought Safari Niagara season passes for Christmas. Last Saturday (May 15) was opening day, so off we went. At some point this summer, I’ll write a thorough review, but for now, here are some random thoughts regarding Saturday’s trip:

    • The weather was not that great. There is obviously nothing Safari Niagara could do about that, but it still made for a less enjoyable visit.
    • With all of the rain that we’ve had over the last week or two, the first quarter of the zoo looks terrible. There are puddles every where, and the moose pen looks like it is a swamp.
    • Unfortunately, since the first quarter looks so bad, we were really thinking that we may have wasted our money. However, once we got past that part, we were thrilled.
    • I’m sure once the weather improves and the area can be cleaned up, that part of the park will be fine
    • I haven’t been to Safari Niagara in around 7 years, and boy, has it grown! The monkeys are great, but the best part was the “Silent Forest”. This is where all of the cats are. The viewing is amazing for the lions, tigers, cougars, and more. You are at a safe distance, but still quite close.
    • We had lunch at a picnic table about 20 feet away from the giraffe pen. At one point, a giraffe was eating some grass, and I walked over to where its head was and could have touched it if I wanted. Very cool!
    • The water park looks very nice, but of course we’ll have to wait for warmer weather to try it out

    In total, we were there for around 3 hours. We ended up having a great time, and definitely think that the cost of the passes will be well worth it. We’re looking forward to going again!

    Note: When you arrive at the park, they give you a map that is part of a newsletter for that month. The picture above is the cover of the May map. If you would like to see the whole thing, I’ve uploaded a PDF/scan to share.

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