Prairie Room to become a zoo this weekend

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January 22, 2015 9:10 AM

The Lloydminster Bobcats better watch out, because they are going to have some serious competition for fans’ attention this weekend.

This weekend, four-year-old Chloe the Bobcat will be in Lloydminster on tour from Ottawa, as part of the Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo.

Paul “Little Ray” Goulet, the director and founder of Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo, said that the show on Saturday in the Prairie Room at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds will be fun for kids of all ages.

“It’s fun for the whole family,” he said. “It’s aimed for the same people who go to the zoo.”

Eighty per cent of the people who attend are with kids though, according to Goulet.

“It’s really fun for everyone, and there isn’t really a age that doesn’t benefit from the show that we put on,” he said.

For those who are excited about seeing different animals up close and personal and having a chance to hold them, you might get your chance this weekend.

“We have a range of animals that people are able to touch and hold, including tortoises, spiders, snakes, (a range of exotic birds) and alligators.”

Chloe, on the other hand, might have some audience participation, but due to the young age, Goulet says that can change at any moment.

“So we either let everyone touch her, or no one,” he said. “We don’t want people leaving saying that only half the audience gets to touch the bobcat, so we usually don’t allow anyone to touch her.”

Goulet said that he’s excited for the people to see the show, as he enjoys what he does and enjoys seeing the reaction on kids faces.

“We are an accredited zoo, through Canada, we are open to the public and we have a location in Ottawa,” he said. “A big part of our mandate is to promote conservation, and responsible pet ownership.”

Goulet won’t be at the show, but says the trainer on the ground will be awesome, and everyone will have a fun time.

Tickets are $12.50 per person with children two and under being free. According to the zoo’s Facebook page, Little Ray’s tries to reach out to all people who want to attend the show.

So, if you know anyone who would like to attend but for one reason or another this is not possible for financial reasons, Little Ray’s is asking them to contact Tayler at socrazy4animals@hotmail.com.

There will be two shows this weekend, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and then again on Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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