My family had been members of the zoo for several years. We stopped for a few years. Today we thought lets go see the zoo again and enjoy a nice walk.
We were saddened to see the current state of the zoo with thing looking tired, run down, and not very many animals .
What used to be the African Wilds was now home to a few Rheas, Ostrich and I only saw 2 Elands. Shadow the Grizzly bear was so over grown good luck seeing anything, the bus tour of the North American Wilds is gone. There used to actual herds of some animals, now only 1 or 2 of most animals. It is real shame and our day left us disappointed.
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July 19, 2013
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The Greater Vancouver Zoo is home to over 500 animals on 120 acres in the beautiful Fraser Valley.
Our African Savannah is home to many animals. Some of which include: addax, zebras, a giraffe, cape buffalo, eland, red-necked wallaby's, sulcata tortoises, ring-tailed lemurs, cheetah, bat-eared foxes, aoudads, ankole cattle, mute swans, hippos, lions, baboons, caracal, ostriches, and guineafowl.
We completely renovated the North American section last year, taking out the bus tour, and rebuilding enclosure so the public could have better viewing areas. Taking out the bus tour also provides guests and our animals with a cleaner environment.
Unlike many Zoo's, the Greater Vancouver Zoo is privately owned. We don't receive any government funding, and rely solely on admission to operate the Zoo. Improvements are continually being made to the Zoo, however with small profit margins, they do take time. We are in the final stages of building our Animal Care Center (surpassed $1 million dollars). The new building will house our animal quarantine (for new arrivals), hospital (for the treatment of sick and injured animals and minor surgery) and commissary facilities (food preparation and nutrition). The new facility will incorporate advanced technology that will enable more on-site treatment of animals with speed and accuracy which will reduce stress on the animals and staff alike. We also have a lot of future projects planned including building a new lemur building.
Thanks again for posting your concerns, we hope you'll considering visiting us again in the future.
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