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Since 1970, the Greater Vancouver Zoo has been dedicated to the preservation, conservation and protection of endangered species. Home to many rescued, donated and orphaned animals, our mission is to inspire and awaken our guest’s curiosity and appreciation of ecosystems and engage the community to care, share and learn about animal conservation.
The Greater Vancouver Zoo is proud to be a member of Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) and we are committed to working on a number of conservation and recovery programs. These include the Western Painted Turtles, Oregon Spotted Frog and Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly. In 2015, the Zoo was honoured to win Peter Karsten’s Conservation Award for its work with the endangered Western Painted Turtle and as of June 2019 have released 776 hatchlings back in to the wild so far.
We offer a range of learning activities for the whole family to discover the sights and sounds of 140 species on 120 acres in the heart of the Fraser Valley with a beloved train to carry you on your explorations. Activities include our daily keeper talks, a unique and engaging way for guests to connect with our animals through spotlighting a day in the life of the Keepers and 15 animals out of the Zoo’s 140 different species, large and small. Or, if you’re looking for a more up close and personal experience with your favourite zoo animals, guests can also get involved in a behind the scenes to learn about the animals first hand from a dedicated Zookeeper.
For those seeking summer activities, enrol your kids in the junior zoologist summer camps where children ages 7-12 learn about the importance of wildlife conservation and explore the wonderful world of animals through a variety of educational activities.
On September 14th 2019 we are excited to be hosting the inaugural Turtle Dash, a 5km race and 1km fun run, with all profits going towards funding conservation projects. Be here to get your feet moving for conservation and visit our website for more information and to enquire about future events.