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Saskatoon Zoo’s small house exhibit opens Saturday

The Saskatoon Zoo Foundation helped in completing the renovation.
The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo is always ready to welcome visitors.

SASKATOON — The Small Mammal House at Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo is all set to open its doors to the public on Saturday.

Following extensive renovations to the former Children's Zoo building, the newly revamped facility will house a variety of beloved creatures, including meerkats, African crested porcupines, and Goeldi's monkeys.

"We are so excited to share this new space with our guests. The renovations allowed us to create a new habitat for our meerkats, African crested porcupines, and some fantastic exhibits for new species, including naked mole rats and sugar gliders,” said Zoo Manager Jeff Mitchell, who expressed his enthusiasm about the project.

The renovations commenced in September of last year, focusing on the building's exterior, which underwent a complete overhaul.

Inside, three new exhibits were added to the second floor, while the main floor received an expanded habitat for meerkats and African crested porcupines.

Additionally, the renovation aimed to provide better working spaces for zookeepers to continue their crucial conservation efforts, particularly with animals participating in Species Survival Plan programs like the Goeldi's monkeys.

The project’s total cost is approximately $850,000, with a substantial contribution of $250,000 from the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation.

The remaining funds were sourced from the Civic Buildings Comprehensive Maintenance Reserve, dedicated to the ongoing maintenance and upgrades of City facilities.

Mitchell expressed gratitude towards the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation, acknowledging their continued partnership and support in raising funds for capital improvements.

"We would like to thank the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation for its continued partnership and support in raising capital improvements, including $250,000 dedicated to the Small Mammal House," said Mitchell.

The Zoo is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information about planning your visit or obtaining a Zoo Season Pass, please visit

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