Wild Education at the Penticton Lakeside Resort

Event Dates:
  • Sat February 17, 2024 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sun February 18, 2024 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon February 19, 2024 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Event Cost: Adult (18+): $15 | Child (3-17): $10 | Family (2 adults/2 kids): $40 *Cash ONLY event.
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British Columbia’s most unique animal rescue and education centre is coming to Penticton for Family Day weekend!

This will be the largest display of reptiles, amphibians, arachnids and other small animals they’ve ever done! (including a 120lb tortoise!)

Wild Education is hoping to stir up as much interest as possible as they fight to keep their doors open for exotic animals to find a safe forever home. Unfortunately, the reptile rescue is at a crossroads. They need to move locations, and in the meantime have stopped accepting new rescue animals. Mike Hopcraft, the man behind Wild Education, said reptiles are “misunderstood creatures,” that are sometimes purchased in ignorance at pet stores and end up in need of medical help, but don’t garner the same public pity as dogs and cats. “We’re dealing with those animals that people just don’t understand or they’re scared of or think should be in the wild. We don’t really get the same support as a cute fluffy animal rescue,” Hopcraft explained, adding that can be frustrating.

“We really wish people would realize that there’s just as much of a need for a reptile rescue as a puppy or kitten rescue, because the animals deserve just the same amount of respect as the furry ones, they just don’t get it because of what they look like,” Hopcraft said

The hope is that the three-day event will raise some money to keep the rescue dream afloat, as well as spreading awareness and, of course, fun.

This event takes place in Salon A at the Penticton Lakeside Resort.