History

The History of the Zoo

1979, Murray Killman bought his first cat. Maggie the Cougar was Murray’s first feline love as he studied her to be able to paint her. As an artist this became one of Murray’s biggest passions and he collected more cougars through the 70’s. Then through the 80’s he expanded to acquire Candy the Jaguar along with Ocelot’s, Bobcats and the Canadian Lynx. Enclosures for the animals were built as needed and thus started the Killman’s Wildlife Sanctuary. As the sanctuary grew a lot of work was done to the property that the current zoo continues to sit on. The whole top section of the zoo was a farmer’s field that Murray lovingly planted trees throughout that to this day continue to provide staff and visitors with lovely shade during the summer months. Along with all the trees three ponds were dug; one of them now is the main focus of the zoo when you pull in and on the rare occasion visitors are lucky to see one of our tigers go for a swim through the pond. The creek that runs through to eventually join with the Grand River was preserved and visitors can watch as it flows through and in between the trails.

Murray was trying to collect the 7 species of wild cats native to North America but sadly never was able to attain the last two: The Margay and the Jaguarondi remained elusive to Murray’s Sanctuary.

Decades of painting led Murray to run an art show on June 6th every year that the zoo has worked on reviving.

Mark Killman (Murray’s son) was 17 when he was charged with a lynx to bottle feed and care for….he was hooked. In 1982 Mark started to give guided tours throughout the trails by appointment only and in 1987 the idea was conceived to open a zoo….a year later the gates officially opened and on April 1st, 1988 the Killman Zoo started on its adventure.

In the early 90’s Murray acquired Elk and Bison to add to the zoo followed by birds, goats and Gina the black bear at the end of the 90’s. With the growth Mark found that he was in a constant state of working to improve the property and enclosures both for the quality of the animals lives and keeping it safe and secure.

Now the zoo currently sits on 9 acres of the Killman land with enclosures built to blend with the natural environment created by Murray Killman. The zoo has grown considerably in size and has acquired many rare species of endangered animals.

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  • #Repost @naturalinstinctmchugh.b93 with @get_repost ・・・ Penelope #savejaguars #savehabitat #bantrophyhunting #notpets #saveendangeredspecies @thekillmanzoo

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  • If you weren’t able to make it for thanksgiving weekend, then head out next weekend to “pick a pumpkin, pick a cat” before we close for the winter. #Repost @naturalinstinctmchugh.b93 with @get_repost ・・・ Titus and Nairobi, two siblings enjoying there pumpkins for some enrichment!! #savelions #savehabitat #notpets #bantrophyhunting #saveendangeredspecies @lionconservationcanadatrust @thekillmanzoo

    thekillmanzoo: "If you weren’t able to make it for thanksgiving weekend, then head out next weekend to “pick a pumpkin, pick a cat” before we close for the winter. #Repost @naturalinstinctmchugh.b93 with @get_repost
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Titus and Nairobi, two siblings enjoying there pumpkins for some enrichment!! #savelions #savehabitat #notpets #bantrophyhunting #saveendangeredspecies @lionconservationcanadatrust @thekillmanzoo"
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  • Not only are we thankful for the critters that roam the zoo but also the human critters that take such good care of us! Thank you to Lisa, Betty-Anne, Ali, Dan and Tiffany! Your generosity is what fuels us! Love, your zoo family.

    thekillmanzoo: "Not only are we thankful for the critters that roam the zoo but also the human critters that take such good care of us! Thank you to Lisa, Betty-Anne, Ali, Dan and Tiffany! Your generosity is what fuels us! Love, your zoo family."
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  • So this happened this morning!! This "troop" of rings, just so happen to be the keepers here at the Killman Zoo. We are a few days behind in posting to get them all together, but.. A fine troop of lemurs we are grateful of for their dedication to our animals and visitors alike comes with much pride and their love for our animal family. Happy zookeeper day!! Thank you Guys for a terrific 2018 season with much appreciation!! Join us this weekend for the Great Pumpkin Smash, and Big Kitty Crunch. Tricks and treats with our lemur troop Get your treat bag when you arrive, find the lemur keepers to fill your bags. @kdilellio6 @naturalinstinctmchugh.b93 @thekillmanzoo @willskoryk @heidi_oglesby

    thekillmanzoo: "So this happened this morning!! This "troop" of rings, just so happen to be the keepers here at the Killman Zoo. 
We are a few days behind in posting to get them all together, but.. A fine troop of lemurs we are grateful of for their dedication to our animals and visitors alike comes with much pride and their love for our animal family. Happy zookeeper day!! Thank you Guys for a terrific 2018 season with much appreciation!! Join us this weekend for the Great Pumpkin Smash, and Big Kitty Crunch. 
Tricks and treats with our lemur troop 
Get your treat bag when you arrive, find the lemur keepers to fill your bags.  @kdilellio6 @naturalinstinctmchugh.b93 @thekillmanzoo @willskoryk @heidi_oglesby"
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  • Come visit this weekend (including the holiday Monday) from 11am to 5pm! Come see your favourite critters and celebrate Thanksgiving and Halloween. . #killmanzoo #bigcats #lion #lions #pumpkin #halloween #thanksgiving #thanksgivingcanada #ontario #hamont #sixnations #caledonia #pumpkinsmash #comevisit #wearyourcostume

    thekillmanzoo: "Come visit this weekend (including the holiday Monday) from 11am to 5pm! Come see your favourite critters and celebrate Thanksgiving and Halloween.
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#killmanzoo #bigcats #lion #lions #pumpkin #halloween #thanksgiving #thanksgivingcanada #ontario #hamont #sixnations #caledonia #pumpkinsmash #comevisit #wearyourcostume"
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  • Don’t forget to come see your favourite critters before we close for the season! Open weekends 11am to 5pm, including Thanksgiving Monday! . . #killmanzoo #pocket_family #firstnations #huffpostgram #torontoguardian #thesix #natgeo #birds #ontarioparks #hypetoronto #macaw #birdsofinstagram #pocket_canada #mustseeit #canadasworld #niagara #discoverontario #torontoblog #ctribune #scarletmacaw #natgeoit #niagaraparks . Video credit @kdilellio6

    thekillmanzoo: "Don’t forget to come see your favourite critters before we close for the season! Open weekends 11am to 5pm, including Thanksgiving Monday!
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#killmanzoo #pocket_family #firstnations #huffpostgram #torontoguardian #thesix #natgeo #birds #ontarioparks  #hypetoronto #macaw #birdsofinstagram #pocket_canada #mustseeit #canadasworld #niagara #discoverontario #torontoblog #ctribune #scarletmacaw #natgeoit #niagaraparks .
Video credit @kdilellio6"
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  • We might be closed during the week as of Monday, but we’re remaining open on weekends through the month of October. Head on out and see Hardy and the rest of our pride! #savelions #savehabitat #notpets #bantrophyhunting @thekillmanzoo @naturalinstinctmchugh.b93

    thekillmanzoo: "We might be closed during the week as of Monday, but we’re remaining open on weekends through the month of October. Head on out and see Hardy and the rest of our pride! #savelions #savehabitat #notpets #bantrophyhunting @thekillmanzoo @naturalinstinctmchugh.b93"
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  • Be a part of our pride, head on out to the zoo to visit our pride for the last few months that we are remaining open before winter arrives. #Repost @naturalinstinctmchugh.b93 with @get_repost ・・・ L + H crew. Be part of the Coalition not against it. Photography by yours truly @naturalinstinctmchugh.b93 me. SAVE LIONS! #savelions #savehabitat #notpets #bantrophyhunting #lionconservationcanadatrust @lionconservationcanadatrust @thekillmanzoo

    thekillmanzoo: "Be a part of our pride, head on out to the zoo to visit our pride for the last few months that we are remaining open before winter arrives. #Repost @naturalinstinctmchugh.b93 with @get_repost
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L + H crew. Be part of the Coalition not against it. Photography by yours truly @naturalinstinctmchugh.b93 me. SAVE LIONS! #savelions #savehabitat #notpets #bantrophyhunting #lionconservationcanadatrust @lionconservationcanadatrust @thekillmanzoo"
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  • CHOMP! . Just a reminder that the #killmanzoo will be closed this Tuesday to Friday and will reopen on Saturday at 10am-5pm. . #killmanzoo #puma #pocket_family #firstnations #huffpostgram #torontoguardian #thesix #natgeo #cougar #ontarioparks #hypetoronto #mountainlion #catsofinstagram #pocket_canada #mustseeit #canadasworld #niagara #discoverontario #torontoblog #ctribune #savecougars #natgeoit #niagaraparks . Video credit @kdilellio6

    thekillmanzoo: "CHOMP! .
Just a reminder that the #killmanzoo will be closed this Tuesday to Friday and will reopen on Saturday at 10am-5pm. .
#killmanzoo #puma #pocket_family #firstnations #huffpostgram #torontoguardian #thesix #natgeo #cougar #ontarioparks  #hypetoronto #mountainlion #catsofinstagram #pocket_canada #mustseeit #canadasworld #niagara #discoverontario #torontoblog #ctribune #savecougars #natgeoit #niagaraparks .
Video credit @kdilellio6"
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