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Touring the Thompson Okanagan: Kamloops BC Wildlife Park

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 — 11:00am PDT
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The following photo essay was experienced and contributed by John Biehler exclusively for This month John was a guest of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) to experience the region and see what the area has to offer.

Our final stop of the Thompson Okanagan tour was the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops and it was quite possibly my favorite part of the trip.

BC Wildlife Park

BC Wildlife Park

With over 50 hectares of animals, the Wildlife Park is the largest breeding facility for burrowing owls in North America and is a member of the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC. It features over 65 species of wildlife including timber wolves, moose, cougars, grizzly bears – all of them indigenous to BC aside from a few camels that they adopted years ago.

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BC Wildlife Park

Aside from its conservation projects, the Wildlife Park serves as a rehabilitation centre and rescue centre for injured animals, as well as an education centre for kids camps and schools. The Park also hosts events including their 13th Annual Wildlights Celebration this December.

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BC Wildlife Park

Definitely the highlight of the park was getting up close with Shardik the 35 year old grizzly bear. I kept waiting for him to talk to me in a cartoon bear voice. I mean just look at his face:

BC Wildlife Park

Getting to feed him grapes, apples and pears was a little disconcerting at first but he was such a gentle animal, it didn’t take long for us to relax around him.

BC Wildlife Park

I’ve visited other zoos and always left with a feeling of sadness. That was not the case here as the park has so much space and such a well thought-out care program provided by some very passionate people working behind the scenes. It’s hard not to leave the place with a big smile on your face after spending an afternoon with the animals.

Related posts from the trip: Kelowna’s Hotel Eldorado, Wine: Quail’s Gate & Tantalus, Beer: Tree Brewing, Noble Pig, Frick and Frack

John is an avid photographer, gadget geek and traveller. You can find him on Twitter and at where he discusses photography and all sorts of technology. All photos in this post were taken by John.

Disclosure: Activities, services and dining experiences during the trip were compliments of Thompson-Okanagan Tourism.

A guest post by John Biehler

Guest contributor John Biehler is an avid photographer, gadget geek and traveler. He has filled in for Rebecca on several media travel trips and provides stunning video and photos from these adventures.

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One comment

  1. James says:

    I stayed in the campground beside that RV park for a couple nights last year. One of the large birds escaped from it’s cage and ran through the campground, it was hilarious to see the zoo staff chasing after it.

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