LISA RIND/Bullet News
STEVENSVILLE – They make strange travelling companions, but when five Goeldi’s monkeys, four Amazon parrots and two white-handed gibbons arrive in Niagara, they’ll check in to their new homes at Safari Niagara.
Safari Niagara, a member of the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums since 2008, answered the call when the Calgary Zoo sought new homes for some animals after their enclosures were damaged by floods. The zoo was hit hard by the June disaster and remains closed until the end of July for repairs. Thirty-four animals, including parrots, monkeys and sloths, required new homes elsewhere. The zoo announced last week it won’t be repairing the South America building, which housed the primates and parrots coming to Niagara.
The animals will be shipped by air, in specialty crates suited to each species and its needs. “We are excited to welcome them. Our guests could arrive anytime,” said Tim Tykolis, general manager at Safari Niagara. “Calgary will confirm the date as they are able – they have suffered so much devastation,” he said.”
While the Goeldi’s monkeys are new to zoos, the white-handed gibbons will fit in with the park’s existing primate collection. “After their quarantine, we’ll be both integrating and housing some of our guests separately,” said Tykolis. “Quarantine takes about 30 days; they’ll be under a veterinarian’s care to make sure there are no health issues,” he said.
The animals from Calgary won’t be Safari Niagara’s only summer arrivals: Two male Southern White Rhinoceros, named Haus and Toy, joined the park’s family June 11. Their exhibit is now open to the public.
Tykolis said the park was happy to assist the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums in housing the animals from the Calgary Zoo. “We would do it again, too,” he said. “As long as we have the infrastructure in place to help, by all means, we would accommodate whenever we could,” he said. “We have to do what’s best to make sure the animals are properly cared for.”
The guests from Calgary will be on display at Safari Niagara sometime in August.
Safari Niagara is located at 2821 Stevensville Rd. Summer 2013 brings a new, all-inclusive price structure: Season passes and day admissions include unlimited use of the Adventure Zone activities – ropes course, bungee, safari rides and Gator Tram ride. For a listing of concert events or to view the park’s activities and attractions, visit the website www.safariniagara.com, or call 905-382-9669.
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