more »

Animal Ambassadors

Speaking for Wildlife
Each year OASES provides educational and interpretive programs to local area schools, community events, and related activities in and around the Greater Victoria Regional District. These ‘wildlife encounters’ feature threatened and endangered species, including many of the Animals Ambassadors featured below. Learn more »

Soloman Island Skink

Soloman Island Skink © OASES

Solomon Island Skink
(Corucia zebrata)
These large lizards have prehensile tails, give birth to live young and are endangered throughout most of their range. We have two of families in our care. In 2005 they successfully raised young. Received from Crystal Gardens Conservation Centre.

California Kingsnake

California Kingsnake © LtShears, Creative Commons 3.0

California Kingsnake
(Lampropeltis sp.)
Belonging to the Lampropeltis genus, King Snakes are a common sight in their range from southeast Canada to southern Ecuador. They inhabit rocky outcrops, scrubby hillsides, river valleys, woodlands, fields and pine forests. They do not produce venom.

Ball Python

Ball Python © Mokele, Creative Commons

Ball Python
(Python regius)
Ball Pythons are non-venomous reptiles that often grow to a length of nearly 4 feet. They are often known as Royal Pythons, the name based in part on the story that Cleopatra supposedly wore the snake around her wrist.

Radiated Tortoise

Radiated Tortoise © Kyle Bedell, Creative Commons

Radiated Tortoise
(Astrochelys radiata)
The Radiated Tortoise is critically endangered in the wild. It is found in Madagascar, and feeds on cacti, leaves, flowers and fruit. The male is ready to breed once its carapace (shell) reaches 30cm (12in) in length. Received from Crystal Gardens Conservation Centre.

Indian Star Tortoise

Indian Star Tortoise © OASES

Indian Star Tortoise
(Geochelone elegans)
Indian Star Tortoises, or, range from India (not including Lower Bengal) west to Sindh province in Pakistan; also seen in Sri Lanka. This species is popular in the pet trade, but is extremely difficult to keep due to their very specific needs. Received from Crystal Gardens Conservation Centre.