Animal Conservation the Future of Greater Vancouver Zoo
The Greater Vancouver Zoo is a 120-acre, zoological institution located in Aldergrove, just 30 minutes east of Vancouver. The zoo is home to over 800 animals, including a variety of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
Opened on August 20, 1970 by local business Pat Hines as the Vancouver Game Farm, it all began with one male llama, and quickly grew to include black bears, wolves, rabbits, rhinos, elk, mule deer, bison, gophers, gnus, and many more animals of every kind. It is now the largest zoo in British Columbia.
Over the past 45 years, the park has undergone several name changes, and many improvements with changes in ownership. From new animal enclosures, rides, picnic areas, expanded landscaping and parking, educational programs and activities, management has aimed to engage visitors in recreational, educational and conservation-oriented activities.
The focus for the future of the Greater Vancouver Zoo is on further enhancements to their animal care management, animal enclosures, conservation efforts, education and all environmental aspects.
In January 2012, the Zoo eliminated bus tours through the park in order to provide a more natural setting and a cleaner environment for animals and guests. Special enclosures have been constructed so that visitors can walk through the areas.
In 2013, a new animal care centre was built to house quarantined animals, treatment sick and injured animals, conduct minor surgery, and handle food preparation and nutrition. The Zoo is also actively involved in rescue and recovery programs for species including the Oregon spotted frog, grizzly bears, and the Western painted turtle (pictured above).
The Greater Vancouver Zoo offers educational programs and guided tours.
The Greater Vancouver Zoo
5048 - 264th Street