Biome Natural History Gallery



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The Exploration Place’s Biome is home to over 20 Animal Ambassadors (and counting!) whose job is to represent their species by interacting with our visitors during demonstrations and educational programs.

Welcome to the Biome

Get ready to meet some new Animal Ambassadors while you reconnect with some familiar faces like Loki the Magpie, Tom the Hermann’s Tortoise, and Rio the Ball Python.

Animal Ambassadors

Our Animal Ambassadors are the most unusual (and most popular) members of our team—those who sport exoskeletons and those who eat mice! They play a crucial role in connecting people of all ages with nature, environmental conservation, and the issues influencing each species and their native habitats.

Each animal helps us spark a life-long interest in learning.

Nature Exchange

The Nature Exchange is a permanently installed learning environment that encourages people of all ages to appreciate nature and to learn about the biological and physical components of our environment through observation, background research, and responsible collecting.  

Become a Community Keeper

Becoming a Community Keeper will make you an integral part of an Animal Ambassador’s health and well-being. Sponsor for yourself, on behalf of your business, or for any animal lover in your life. Sponsoring an Animal Ambassador supports The Exploration Place, a non-profit organization and registered Canadian charity.