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“Fun day for the kids”

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 500 animals (140 species) on 120 acres of land in the beautiful Fraser Valley! Experience the Zoo your way by bringing your own wagons, roller blades, bikes, skateboards, and picnic lunches. Ride the miniature train, watch a variety of daily educational talks & feedings and be sure to catch one of the Birds of Prey presentations! 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 enriching our guests experiences with entertaining enriching activities about the wonderful world of animals.
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Regina, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
195 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Fun day for the kids”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

Our 18-month old twins loved the tiger, the zebras, and the emu. It was very exciting to see the kids enjoying the company of animals that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to see.

I recommend arriving early, before the rush later in the day. The animals seem to be more active at this time as well. Later in the day, as there are more people, and it may be hotter outside, the animals are more likely to be resting in a shady spot away from the walking paths.

The price for a family can be a little high (especially if you buy food, train tickets, etc.), but we were able to find some coupons for 2-for-1 admission ahead of time to defray our costs.

Visited August 2013
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GVZoo, General Manager at Greater Vancouver Zoo, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to review the Greater Vancouver Zoo on TripAdvisor. We're glad you had a great time visiting the Zoo with your twins.
We hope you'll be back to visit us again soon, the next time your visiting the area of Aldergrove!
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Langley
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41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great for kids”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

It was enjoyed by all . There is a lot of controversary about zoos but this is the only place to see some animals . It is a bit older but in reasonable shape .

Visited May 2013
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GVZoo, General Manager at Greater Vancouver Zoo, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Hi Robert. Thanks for taking the time to review the Greater Vancouver Zoo. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Zoo again soon.
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Vancouver, BC
Level 2 Contributor
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“Frequented by the SPCA”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

This zoo is frequently the subject of SPCA investigations. They were keeping a hippo in a dark shed. Last year, a family of giraffes died. Mom, Dad, baby.

This place has neither the habitat nor the knowledge to look after animals. And overall, BC's climate is far too cool for tropical animals. Not a great place to teach children about humane treatment and wildlife conservation. Give this one a miss.

http://www.vanmag.com/News_and_Features/The_Trials_of_the_Greater_Vancouver_Zoo

Visited September 2012
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GVZoo, General Manager at Greater Vancouver Zoo, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
We appreciate our guests taking the time to post their concerns about their visit to the Greater Vancouver Zoo.

Last year, in 2012, only 1 of our giraffes passed away. Jafari, one of our male giraffes, passed away last year in November 2012 due to a degenerative brain disease.

In response to our Hippo Hazina, the charges were stayed by Crown Council.
In 2006, the Zoo completed Hippo Haven. Hippo Haven has both an indoor and outdoor enclosure that is approximately 0.5 hectare (1.2 acres – roughly the size of a football field), is one of the largest hippo enclosures in Canada. The heated indoor facility is used primarily for extremely cold days in the winter and as well for medical check-ups; it also includes a heated pond. The outdoor facility is a wonderful area that provides a large lake for the hippos to lie around and have some fun in.

The Greater Vancouver Zoo is CAZA (Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums) accredited.
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.

Many of our animals at the Zoo are former pets and rescues that can’t be released back into the wild. For example, our male Lion "Boomer" was a former pet from eastern Canada, our female Grizzly Bear "Shadow" is a rescue after being abandoned by her mom in the interior, and almost all of our reptiles and parrots are former pets.

Here at the Greater Vancouver Zoo, we are dedicated to preserving and protecting endangered species, and creating an educational environment that inspires appreciation and concern about wildlife and wild places, while providing a pleasant recreational setting for our visitors.

We hope you’ll considering visiting us again in the future.
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Surrey, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
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“Go early to observe more animals being fed”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

We brought our bicycles so we could ride around the huge grounds and see all the animals. There are carts you can rent which are easier on your feet and a narrated train ride that is well worth the extra fee. If you get there earlier in the day, you have more options to see more animals being fed. Our favourites are the tigers, lions, and hippos. There are new animals being added regularly so we got a one year membership. Also, the show about the birds is impressive. Great to know that all these animals, rescued from the wild, are now protected and well cared for. Great staff. Also, their reptile exhibit smells 100 x better than the one at Calgary zoo which we visited about two years ago. Calgary zoo had a gagging, toxic odour, but Vancouver zoo is fresh and clean. There are also, three beautiful picnic spots available with one right beside the playground, and little restaurant. I would give the zoo 5 out of 5, but I wish they would open the far concession stand because it would be nice to have an ice cream or some refreshments near the bears and eagles which is half way through the long walk if walking.

Visited August 2013
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GVZoo, General Manager at Greater Vancouver Zoo, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Thanks for reviewing the Greater Vancouver Zoo on TripAdvisor. It's great to hear that you get to experience the Zoo year round with your yearly membership.
The small food concession in the North American section is open daily until 4 pm during the peak season, and is closed in the off season.
Thanks again for the review. We look forward to seeing you at the Zoo again soon.
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Barriere, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
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4 attraction reviews
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“Great way to celebrate a trip home from Galiano Island”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

On July 21st coming home from Galiano Island one of the gulf islands on the way home we stoped at the Greater Vancouver Zoo in the Fraser Valley and it was a perfect time to go and they added a blind at the sugar glider habitat where you walk in and its all dark and cool and there Giraffe Pompy got some new friends two Donkeys and not far away we got to see the King of the Jungle the Lions and at the White Tailed Deer habitat they got two fawns it was super fun and its cheep if you gotta pass!

Visited July 2013
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GVZoo, General Manager at Greater Vancouver Zoo, responded to this review, July 30, 2013
Hi Will. Thanks for taking the time to review the Greater Vancouver Zoo. We're glad you had a great time at the Zoo, and noticed some of our recent changes. We hope to see you again soon!
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