Saunders Country Critters is a 20 acre, private zoo that is home to over 50 species from 25 countries. Several of our residents are TV stars, making appearances on Zoboomafoo, Kratts’ Creatures, and various TV commercials.

Our rate for 2014 for groups of 20 or more is $8.00 per person, which includes unlimited access to the zoo exhibits and a 1.5 to 2 hour guided tour of the facilities. Or you may choose to do a self guided tour at $6.00 per person. We admit one chaperone free of charge for every 5 paying children. Our knowledgeable curators can tailor our tour to speak to the needs of your group according to the Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum.

- Differences between living and non-living things
- Natural habitats
- Patterns and cycles in the natural world

Grade 1 – Characteristics and needs of living things
- Ways in which animals move to meet their needs
- Common characteristics of different animals
- Changes in animals as they grow
- Basic needs of animals
- How animals use their senses to meet their needs

Grade 2 – Growth and changes is animals
- Major physical characteristics of different types of animals (e.g. mammals, reptiles, insects)
- Behavioural characteristics that enable animals to survive (e.g. migration, dormancy, hibernation)
- Ways in which animals eat their food, move and use their environment to meet their needs
- Constant and changing traits in animals as they grow
- How animals respond and adapt to their environment
- How different animals care for their young
- Ways in which humans can help or harm other living things
- How to care for animals properly

Grade 4 – Habits and communities
- Classify animals as omnivore, carnivore and herbivore
- Structural adaptations of animals that demonstrate a response to their environment and habitat
- Ways in which humans are dependant on animals
- Ways in which humans can affect the natural world
- The effects on animals of the loss of their natural habitat

Grade 6 – Diversity of living things
- The difference between cold- and warm-blooded animals
- Characteristics of vertebrates and classification as mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish
- Characteristics or adaptations that enable each group of vertebrates to live in its particular habitat

Grade 7 – Interactions within ecosystems
- The long-term effects of the loss of natural habitats and the extinction of species

We are closed for the 2013 season, The zoo will be opening in 2014, weather permitting, from May 10th to Sept 2nd. to accommodate your group.

For more information on what our zoo has to offer and how to host your next field trip at Saunders, please contact our Group Coordinator at saunderscountry@sympatico.ca

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