Survival of the Slowest
How do you care for the animals?
A professional zookeeper from Little Ray's Nature Centres is on site daily to feed the animals, clean their terraria, check on their health and provide any support needed.
Little Ray's Nature Centres is an accredited member of Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums and is licenced by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for the care and rescue of exotic animals.
Any animal exhibiting signs of stress will be removed from its habitat until it is ready to return to the exhibition.
Here at the museum, all presentations with live animals are reviewed and approved by an Animal Care Committee, which includes community members, a veterinarian and trained animal care staff.
Can visitors touch the animals?
No. This is not the intent of the exhibition.
There will be a number of daily demonstrations when Little Ray's zookeepers will bring out individual animals and present them to the public.
There may be special circumstances, under the zookeeper's supervision, when some contact with an animal may be allowed.
Are the enclosures suitable for the animals?
The habitats for each of the animals have been developed in response to their needs—snakes and lizards, for example, prefer smaller, secretive spaces.
Little Ray's Nature Centres brings more than 20 years of experience in housing and caring for live animals, and follows standards approved through Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) and other organizations.
Where do the animals come from?
The animals in Survival of the Slowest are rescued exotic pets or they were born in human care—none was a wild animal.
The sloth, for example, was bred by a veterinarian who raises sloths for education about conservation (sloth habitats are disappearing).
These animals generally live longer, healthier lives because they do not confront predators, disease, or other threats common in the wild.
Because of this, they become ambassadors for their species, and reinforce the importance of biodiversity and conservation.