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Parc Safari shows allyship with opening weekend promotion

May 17 is National Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. This year, that day just so happens to align with Parc Safari’s opening weekend for the 2024 season. Because of this, the park has decided to celebrate the 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual) community by offering a discount on tickets to opening weekend as a way to celebrate.

The idea for this event was presented by the park’s graphic designer, who works with the queer community. Park owner Jean-Pierre Ranger says that the team thought it was a great idea, which led to them launching the campaign. “Our goal is to make it a success this year so that it can become an annual event,” he shares. To celebrate, all guests who visit the park during their opening weekend will pay $29.95 for an adult pass instead of $39.95.

Promotions like this sometimes are met with backlash from the community. It has happened before that certain park promotions or activities have caused a divided response, especially online. Ranger says, “Our answer is to say that we live in a free society and that as long as you do no harm to others, Parc Safari will welcome you and all groups and persons who share the same value: respecting others and living in peace with others.”

He adds that there are many promotions that happen every year at all sorts of businesses, like Valentine’s Day, Canada Day, or Labour Day, and this promotion is no different than something like that. Ranger wants visitors to have the best experience possible and wants to make sure he can maintain “both the welfare of animals and the education of children and execute a growth strategy that includes promotions until we find other ways to maintain viability.”

This year, Parc Safari has two new exhibits for guests to enjoy. The Discovery Pavilion is a place to see precious stones and minerals and learn about the history of living things from the Big Bang until now. The second exhibition will showcase 200 species of animals from the Arctic, Africa, and Europe. Tickets are on sale now for the beginning of the season.

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