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Reviewed September 2, 2014

As a Docene I love the Ecomuseum. THe zoo is progressive as it only has animals native to Quebec. All animals are born in captivity, have been orphaned or injuries and cannot go back into the wild. The zoo is small easily walked within 90 minutes...which makes it perfect for young children or elderly. It is open everyday except Christmas Day. best time to visit is in the early morning. Especially love the fall and winter months. Many special activities happen through out the year adding to the experience. bring a lunch and make a day of it. A few sites are not accessible to wheelchairs.

Thank Cathie M
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Reviewed August 21, 2014

I have visited the Ecomuseum several times over the years. I was very disappointed by my most recent visit. I realize that the place is undergoing some much needed renovations, but the place is in an overall poor shape. Many of the enclosures are empty and I thought that the place was overall poorly maintained. When the enclosures have animals there are often too few of them (e.g., 1 porcupine, 3 wild turkeys, etc..). Many of the signs in the inside exhibit in the basement were damaged or missing.

One of the thing that caught my attention the most was the little "playground" in front of the building (beside the parking). Both of my kids mentioned that it was absolutely pathetic, and it was. It would be better not to have this "playground" rather than have this...

Overall we were out in 1-hr and were disappointed.

1  Thank JoeDassin1
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emilie_senecal, Public Relations Manager at Zoo Ecomuseum, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2014

Thank you very much for your comments about your visit to the Ecomuseum Zoo. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed in your recent excursion.

The number of individuals housed in each habitat is determined with the animal’s best interest in mind. Some species are solitary and/or territorial by nature. These considerations are applied, as animal well-being is our number 1 priority. As our habitats are as natural as possible, it is important to take the time to observe and explore the entire habitat. We have for example 2 American Porcupines and 4 Wild Turkeys in addition to many more animal ambassadors. On average, 2 hours are required to visit the entire site and learn about the over 115 different animal species.

As you mentioned, the zoo is currently undergoing some important renovations in order to improve our facilities and enhance the visitors’ experience. Empty habitats are those currently under renovations and you will be happy to know that we will welcome many new animal ambassadors in the coming months. We do concede that trash receptacles on the site are showing signs of wear and some educational signage is damaged in the indoor exhibits, both these will be replaced in the coming weeks as orders have been placed and signs are in production. The zoo does not provide play areas or water slides. The rest area described in front of the building near the parking area provides a space for school groups and guests who are waiting for family members or friends to arrive.

Our maintenance team works diligently to ensure the upkeep of the rustic pathways and natural feel of our lush site. As a non-profit organization, we strive to make our visitors’ experience an enriching and educational one. Your comments are much appreciated, they will be considered and used to improve our services. We hope you will come back to visit us in a few months.

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Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

The zoo is going thru some remodeling outside right now. It is a small zoo which has animals that have been hurt and rescued and cannot be released to the wild. We were not expecting something large so were liked it. The workers there were very pleasant and tried very hard to speak English to us.

1  Thank Barbara B
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Reviewed July 14, 2014

Brought our out-of-town guests to the zoo today since we hadn't been in a while and we were quite surprised. So many changes. The main building is new and the duck pond is great.

Although there was a quiz for kids that we decided to pass on, we saw a Marten as the keepers introduced us to this little guy. Didn't know we had those here ... Really cute! They only have animals from Quebec so our guests were surprised, but they liked the flying squirrels and the bear. Fresh day so animals were out 'n about. Overall nice nature walk.

Thank NicoRoy
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Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Wow. The signage and website make this place look clean, well kept and fairly inviting. In reality, it is dingy with (in some cases) extremely small enclosures, with barbed wire fences and rusty chain link fences. Some animals (a beautiful lynx for one) are in such small spaces that they pace around in small circles over and over again.

I understand the animals must be kept in safe, stable environments but really, there are better ways to do it. So many zoos I've been to have much larger spaces for the animals and the barriers tend to have a more natural feel (I.e. - not rusted, locked, chain link fences).

In addition, it seemed like almost half the animals in the zoo are just woodland creatures that you might see yourself outside of a zoo (crow, deer, raccoon, ducks...).

Also the walkways are overgrown with brush, plant life and frankly - weeds. I don't expect a perfectly manicured golf course to walk through but it would be nice if my legs (and my kids' hands and legs) weren't grazing through weeds as we make our way from one exhibit to the next). A little trimming would go a long way. The flying bugs on the path were thick (presumably due to the overgrowth of the plant life). We all got mosquito bites on our short walk through.

Which brings me to my last point: this entire place is a 45 minute walk through. Ok, maybe an hour or at most an hour and a half but certainly not much more than that. Hardly worth the ticket price or more importantly the day of scheduling it in your vacation (like we did).

Save your time and money and go the park instead.

Ps. Really the most disturbing issue was the small dingy quarters for many of the animals. Really quite sad.

1  Thank maggiecamara
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emilie_senecal, Public Relations Manager at Zoo Ecomuseum, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2014

Thank you for your comments. All observations, whether positive feedback or constructive criticism, help us to improve our services.

As you have noted, many zoological institutions are moving toward more natural settings for their animal ambassadors. The Ecomuseum Zoo is renewing its infrastructure and new habitats follow this important trend. You will have noticed that many of our structures present lush natural vegetation and wide spaces. Such can be seen with our new waterfowl aviary and our forest habitat for the Red Fox among others.

Unfortunately, as a non-profit organization we are unable to renew all structures at once. The Ecomuseum Zoo is in the midst of its most ambitious capital campaign to help fund these important projects as we rebuild the few habitats that still require work and eventually add new habitats and species to the site. The Lynx structure is indeed one of our older designs, and while it currently fulfills all the needs of the two individuals present, it requires work to truly reflect the Ecomuseum Zoo’s vision and ever growing standards of care.

As for the animals that you met throughout your visit, the species are consistent with the organization’s stated mission and values. We strive to educate visitors about the species that surround us by presenting only animals indigenous to Québec. One only protects what one understands. It is therefore imperative that our mission, centered on education, research and conservation, focus on Québec’s rich biodiversity. Porcupines, White-tailed Deer and Raccoons are as important as Black Bears and Lynx in the environment we all share.

Thank you again and we hope you will give our zoo another chance in the future.

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