County of Brant –

You may not have heard of the County of Brant but there is a lot to do and a lot to see in this little town! Their forests speak for themselves once you’ve seen their sights.

This town is a great way to get in touch with nature. Garth, the head tour guide on our Grand River Rafting tour, provided some great insight on the flora and fauna species that live in that area of Ontario. There are 83 species of fish in their waters, a wide range of wildlife (such as; mountain lions, coyote, black bear, raccoon, wolves, and so many more) just to name a few. He was a great guide and provided so much information that I probably could not get myself about this beautiful place.

Not only was the tour very informative but it was also FUN! They provide games to build on teamwork and also provide activities to make you think on how you would survive in the wild. For example: Garth told us that there is a game they provide where they give you a book of matches, tin foil, and an egg. The object is to build a fire, make a pot and cook the egg; the first one to cook the egg WINS.

My overall experience coming to Paris was extraordinary! I would love to come back with a group of my friends and show them just how fun this place is! This place is not only just a little town, but a town that takes pride in their beautiful forests and to preserve their wildlife that lives within it. Please take the time and visit this place. I am positive you will not regret it!

Oliver the Broken Bear

Majority of his whole life, Oliver has been a “Bile Bear.” A Bile Bear is a bear in captive that is farmed for extracting their bile for herbal remedy purposes. This is a common thing that is happening in China right now and Animal Asia is working towards being stopped. Animal Asia has successfully saved many bears from these farms and are working for this industry to come to a finish.

“Bile is a digestive juice produced by the liver and stored in the gall bladder and has historically been used as an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine. Bear bile contains ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA), which is believed to reduce fever, protect the liver, improve eyesight, break down gallstones, and act as an anti-inflammatory. In recent years, there has been a dramatic growth in the production of bear bile products, which has spawned a market for a whole new range of items far removed from the formulations of traditional Chinese medicine. Today, bile is used as an ingredient in shampoo, wine, eye drops and all manner of pre-prepared ointments. In 1999, bottles of bear bile wine were even handed out as gifts for passengers on internal flights. Bear bile can cost up to 4,000 yuan (USD 295) per kg in China, so no wonder the life of a bear means nothing. “


Help the Bats

Canadian Wildlife Federation

“A disease called white-nose syndrome (WNS) is wiping out entire colonies, and it is spreading fast. We need your help, and that of our Government, to protect Canada’s bats.

WNS is no laughing matter. We’re concerned about the future of bat populations and what will happen when entire colonies are wiped out. How will it affect biodiversity? How will it affect mosquito populations? When one species is threatened, it affects so many others. We need to save Canada’s bats. And you can help the bats today!”