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“Wonderful Way to Spend A Day”

Greater Vancouver Zoo
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Open year round and located only 45 minutes from Vancouver, Step Into The Wild at the largest zoo in BC! Discover the sights and sounds of over 140 species on 120 acres in the beautiful Fraser Valley! Experience the Zoo your way by bringing your own wagons, roller blades, bikes, skateboards, and picnic lunches. The playground and large picnic areas are great for birthdays, company BBQ's, group events or family picnics. In the summer, spend a Night In The Wild as you camp overnight inside the Zoo, and be sure to sign up for one of our popular Junior Zoologist Day Camps! Since 1970, the Greater Vancouver Zoo is focused on education and conservation.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed January 29, 2013

My husband and I were looking for fun things to do with our 3 year old grandson, so we decided to visit the "Greater Vancouver Zoo" as it was close to home and looked interesting! We discovered that they had a seasonal "Family" package price which was exceptionally reasonable and included riding the "train" as often as you wanted to! Our grandson loves trains, and this was his highlight on every trip to the zoo, after we spent time visiting with the animals, which are all mostly up close and not at all shy! We would take a lunch and picnic some days, at the tables which are available throughout the park, and we would often have the local ducks, geese, swans, etc. floating past us which made lunchtime so much fun! Most days we managed to take the train trip around the park at least once, sometimes twice, and this soon became our favorite place to spend time during the Spring and Summer months! By the way, parking is included in the seasonal price...where else will you find such a deal? Truly a wonderful asset to the community!

Thank Sandy D
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GVZoo, General Manager at Greater Vancouver Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2013

Thanks for posting your review. We're glad to hear that you enjoy visiting the Zoo so much. Zoo memberships offer great benefits, and truly are the best value. We can't wait for you to visit again soon!

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

it's a small zoo, and having been to bigger zoos (Seattle and Portland) and seeing how much room the animals have there, it makes me sad for these animals. It's more like an exotic animal jail. They don't appear unhealthy and they do have a train that takes you around the property, but I wish the animals had a better environment.

Thank Slugbuglady
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GVZoo, General Manager at Greater Vancouver Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2013

We appreciate our guests' taking the time to post their concerns.
The Greater Vancouver Zoo is home to over 500 animals on 120 acres of land. Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle) is 187 acres with 1100 animals, and Oregon Zoo (Portland) is 64 acres with 2200 animals. In comparison to the Zoo's you mentioned, Oregon and Woodland Park, the Greater Vancouver Zoo is privately owned whereas Oregon and Woodland Park are public non-profits. They receive funding from the government, whereas the Greater Vancouver Zoo doesn't. We rely solely on admission rates to operate. All animals at the Greater Vancouver Zoo receive high standards of care, and have ample enclosure space.
Last summer, we went through our CAZA (Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums) re-accreditation. The accreditation process takes place every five years where we go through a very comprehensive application submission, followed by a review from the CAZA Accreditation Committee Board, and then a team of inspectors is selected from this committee for a 3.5 day on-site inspection. They inspect all aspects of zoo operations including animal health care, exhibits, husbandry of all our animals, educational programs, safety/security, guest services, conservation, research, staff training programs, finance and physical facilities. CAZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are dedicated to the highest standards of animal care. They nurture, protect and care for more than 100,000 animals representing over 2000 species. Often these animals are the last remaining representatives of their species and survive with the help of zoo and aquarium endangered animal management programs.
We appreciate your feedback, and hope you will visit the Zoo again soon.

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Reviewed January 28, 2013

THere will always be contraversy over having animals confined in a zoo. But for so many, it is the only way they will get a chance to see these wonderful creatures up close. The zoo is not one cage after another. Many of the enclosures are fields were the animals roam about. Yes there are many that are in cages, as well. There is a small train that will take you around the park, saves the legs on smaller members of the family. There is even a petting type area, again were younger ones can interact with some animals. Spring time is a favorit time as you get to see some of the new additions. If it has been raining, it can get a little muddy in areas. An excelent way to spend some family time.

Thank Norman A
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GVZoo, General Manager at Greater Vancouver Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2013

Thank you so much for posting your review. We're glad to here that you enjoy visiting the Zoo, and we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed January 15, 2013

I have been to this zoo many times with my family since I was a little girl, even back when it was called the "game farm". Recently my sister and I did the behind the scenes with the big cats and it was awesome. The trainers really seem to love and take great care of their animals. The main reason I love this zoo so much is because most of their animals are rescues from idiot people who have taken these animals on as pets illegally and then (big surprise) could not take proper care of them. They are giving them the best life than can seeing as they cannot be released back into the wild.

Thank Westcoast4866
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GVZoo, General Manager at Greater Vancouver Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to post a review.
We're glad to hear that you and your sister had a great time with our Behind the Scenes tour. They really are great experiences!
We hope to see you at the Zoo again soon!

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

On a sunny day or maybe even in the rain, it's a great little walk. Good for and designed for little ones to explore. I did feel bad about the hippo there, though.

Thank Ellie D
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GVZoo, General Manager at Greater Vancouver Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2013

We're glad to hear that you enjoying visiting the Zoo.
Unfortunately your concerns about the hippo weren't specific. We have 2 well hippos at the Zoo, who live in a beautiful enclosure. If the hippo concern was in response to a recent article written about the Zoo, that included information about Hazina, the information provided in the article was inaccurate. Hazina is alive and well, the information in the article was in confusion with another Zoo’s hippo who was named Hazina also.
Thank you for taking the time to post your review.

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