Several years ago, UBC began bringing in dogs during the busy final exam period to provide students with an outlet for stress relief. And now, they’re upping the ante by creating a make-shift petting zoo, with real-life farm animals, at the heart of the campus.
An event organizer told Daily Hive the one-day petting zoo is part of a mini pop-up carnival-themed event to provide students studying for their summer final exams that week with a way to de-stress.
The animals are all rescues from Abbotsford-based Cinemazoo Animal Agency, which takes in barn animals to give them another chance in life within a large and very clean living environment.
“Our hope is that students studying for their final exams that week will be able to destress when hanging out with the bunnies or the children in the local community can have an opportunity to pet a baby goat,” said the organizer.
The petting zoo will be open on Friday, August 18 from noon to 2 pm at the intersection of the Main Mall and Agronomy Road. It is the conclusion to the weeklong ‘Summer on the Mall’ festivities on the Main Mall, which includes activities such as a free outdoor art crawl and outdoor yoga.
Additionally, talented magicians with the UBC Magician & Illusionist Club will perform tricks to entertain attendees, and a cotton candy cart will hand out free organic cotton candy.
The UBC summer term concludes on August 19, and the regular session begins after Labour Day on September 5.
Where: Intersection of Main Mall and Agronomy Road at the UBC Vancouver campus
When: Friday, August 18 from noon to 2 pm