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It's wild time in Animal Kingdom

A world of choice family entertainment awaits at the Rand Show, South Africa's biggest consumer show. For entertainment on the wilder side, head to the Rand Show's Animal Kingdom, where a stampede of animal fun awaits.


Daily at 11am and 3pm.

Popular snake fundi, Snake Bite Jones, returns to the Rand Show for his ever-popular interactive snake, reptile and creepy-crawly show.

There'll be puff adders and Cape cobras, monitor lizards, pythons and deadly black mambas, as well as creepy-crawly spiders and scorpions - so think carefully before putting up your hand when Snake Bite Jones asks for volunteers!


Daily at 1pm.

Join passionate animal conservationist and animal handler, Bryan Vorster, and his feathered friends for their hour-long displays of aerial acrobatics and swooping fly-pasts. Vultures, Harris hawks, owls, a cheeky parrot and an American kestrel will delight the audience with their low-flying antics.


In between the Animal Kingdom's bird and snake shows, visitors can view displays of birds, including a kookaburra, king vulture and Cape eagle owl, as well as a pelican and a marabou stork.

There will also be a display of snakes, reptiles and spiders, with pythons, cobras, mambas and rattlesnakes awaiting visits from fascinated showgoers - all from behind glass of course!


Daily at 10am and 2pm Mini competition replaces the 2pm demo on 19-21 April.

Irene Thompson and her working sheepdogs Jude, Shine and Kite will give visitors a glimpse into the day of these hardworking dogs. Border collies are born to work and the physical agility of the breed can be seen in the way working dogs are able to change speed and direction at the sound of a whistle. Jude in particular is a dog to watch, making South African history in 2012 when she became the first South African dog to compete and win a sheepdog trial in the United Kingdom.

At 2pm on 19-21 April, the three dogs will hand the Animal Kingdom arena over to the South African Sheepdog Association, for a mini sheepdog competition showing practical farm work.


Saturday, 26 April, 9am to 3pm.

Come and marvel at South Africa's gentle giants, when over 100 Boerboels will be strutting their stuff at the Rand Show for the Gauteng Regional Championships, all with their eye on the prize of "Best of Breed".


Daily at 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Gaby Grohovaz competes internationally at the highest levels in canine freestyle, a discipline which sees dogs perform choreographed moves and tricks to music. Dog and handler are judged as a team, which encourages a good relationship between owner and dog. An international judge, Gaby has won the SA Champs many times.

Gaby currently dances with Pyrenean shepherds, a Border collie and an assortment of crossbreeds.

First Car Rental's "Post Your Selfie & Win" competition is coming to the Rand Show. The campaign aims to raise awareness of and drive donations for The Rhino Orphanage, which is the first non-profit organisation in the world dedicated to caring for and rehabilitating baby rhinos traumatised and badly injured by poaching.

For a chance to win one of two holidays worth R20,000 each, Rand Show visitors simply take a selfie alongside the specially-wrapped Nissan Juke parked at the Animal Kingdom. Each Nissan Juke in the campaign has been wrapped by Graffiti Media Group to look like a mother rhino with her baby.

Upload the selfie to Facebook, Twitter or Google+, with the tag #Rhinos1st, and then hold thumbs you're a winner. Celebs like Mark Boucher, Heinz Winckler and Leanne Manas have already uploaded their selfies, putting their support behind The Rhino Orphanage.


Get up close and personal with more furry friends at the Rand Show Farmyard, and have your photo taken at the Farmyard Photo Booth. There are also free pony rides, and paid camel rides.


The Rand Show's Animal Kingdom is the perfect place to highlight the plight of many of our wild friends. Take a moment to visit these good causes and see what you can do to make life a little easier for the animals who share our world.

The following organisations will be raising awareness and funds at the Rand Show:
  • The International Rhino Foundation
  • "Shoot a poacher" with Midrand Paintball's mobile division. For R20 for 20 paintballs, you'll be raising funds for Mission Rhino, and having fun in the target range at the same time.
  • The Rhino Orphanage
  • De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre
  • Owl Rescue Centre
  • Animal Anti-Cruelty League
  • Border Collie Rescue
  • Husky Rescue SA


DATES: From Friday 18 April to Monday 28 April, 2014.

SHOW HOURS: Gates open daily at 9am. Ticketing booths into the showgrounds close at 6pm, although the show closes at 7pm.

VENUE: Johannesburg Expo Centre, Rand Show Road, Nasrec. (GPS - S26°14.810' E27°68.695')

TICKETS: R100 for adults, R50 for pensioners over 65, R50 for teens aged 13-16, R20 for kids aged 6 to 12, and FREE for children under six.

Tickets are available at the gate or through Computicket. (There is no surcharge on Computicket tickets.)

VALUE: Tickets give visitors free entry to the majority of the Rand Show's top attractions.

TOP ATTRACTIONS: The Naked Scientist; Snow Time, the Rand Show's winter wonderland of snow; The Pit Bull International Xtreme Motor Show; SA's Strongest Man Qualifier; Theuns Jordaan, Swing City, Dozi and Tokyo Groove, plus many more in concert on the Showtime Stage; the Blackball Premier League play-offs; the SA Chefs Theatre; SANDF military displays and exhibits; the Animal Kingdom with bird and snake shows; and playtime for kids in Tumble Town.

Posted on 10 Apr 2014 13:42

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The Rand Show
The New Rand Show is SA's largest consumer exhibition. With a streamlined four-day format, it is the ideal launchpad for brands wanting to interact with over 245 000 high-quality visitors.