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“Of all the zoos I have seen around the world this was the worst”

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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed April 29, 2014

This was extremely over priced for what it had to offer. Many of the enclosures were empty and it was a lot of walking for nothing. The cafe attempted to grift us for a dollar by attempting to over charge us.

That being said our 2 year old had a great time. They have a nice playground area with plenty of slides.

It was $72.00 for 3 adults and a small child. "It is a lot of money to look at grass" was overheard by another guest of the park behind us.

4  Thank Laura F
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

Nice visit to the zoo. Ground are very well kept. Interesting animal talks, very nice signage! Interesting exhibits.

Thank Katelyn2727
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

My boyfriend and I checked out the zoo and had very low expectations. That being said, it exceeded my low expectations. A lot of the habitats for the animals are quite large and natural which is nice to see. Some of the animals even share habitats, such as the coyotes and black bear. Rather than looking cheap or crammed it was interesting to see. It's very walkable and to do the whole zoo only took an hour and a half. They variety of animals is pretty standard but some of the exhibits like the monkeys and reptile area definitely look run down. The playground does look great for kids and they have a small train as well. I wouldn't pay more than $15.00 as an adult for the attraction and it's definitely overpriced and outdated. It is very well landscaped to try and even out for being run down. This is a fine zoo for kids but don't expect it to be busy, popular, well-staffed or interactive in any way. If you make the trip from Vancouver try out other nearby attractions too to make the distance worthwhile! It's not worth the drive just for the zoo.

Thank travelaholic_111
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Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

This place is pretty lame and expensive....It is really run down and not much to see in the way of animals. I am always surprised when I drive by this place and there are line ups! I paid $100 for a family of 4 and the kids were bored (they liked the playground best....that is telling you something!) For adults there is not much to see or do either - the place looks unkept and in need of updating!

2  Thank teloiv2012
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

I have been to this zoo 3x. Once as a young mom with family who paid dearly to see the sights. Twice more in my capacity as a worker with individuals with developmental/physical delays. Each and every time I left feeling sad and let down. But mostly sickened.

None of the animals had adequate room to live let alone what they would be living in the wild. I could go on an on but won't bother. This zoo needs to shut it's weary doors and rehome what animals they do have to sanctuaries. Old, tired idea as is the zoo.

If you want to pay premium dollar for parking, entrance fee and food while looking at sad animals this is the place :(

3  Thank 205Amy
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GVZoo, General Manager at Greater Vancouver Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2014

The Greater Vancouver Zoo is a privately run facility. We don’t receive any government funding, and rely on admission rates to operate the Zoo on a year round basis. This includes everything from animal health care, food, and electricity to heat their barns.
We do continually review our prices to ensure they are competitive with other attractions in the lower mainland. A great option to save on the price of admission is to take part in our ongoing cell phone recycling program. Simply bring in an old cell phone, and receive 2 for 1 admission! We also have a 2 for 1 coupon in the Entertainment Book, $5 admission with the Look at Langley Card, and hand out coupons at a variety of community events in the lower mainland throughout the year.
A great option to the concession, is we allow our guests to bring in their own outside food.
Our pay parking is done through Impark, through this, Impark patrols our parking lot. This has helped to significantly reduce the number of car break ins, etc that we've had in the past being in a more semi rural area.
The Greater Vancouver Zoo is CAZA (Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums) accredited. The zoo would not be able to publicly display and educate the public on exotic animals if we weren't CAZA accredited. This is due to the B.C. Wildlife Act regarding controlled alien species. Info about the BC Wildlife Act can be found on the BC government website.
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. The size of all of our enclosures are set to CAZA and AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) regulations.
All 500+ of our animals are either captive bred or rescues. Our rescues include animals that sustained significant injuries in the wild (ie. Our bald eagles that will unfortunately never be able to fly again due to injuries sustained in the wild) and unwanted pets (ie. 85% of our reptiles & amphibians). Other rescues at the Zoo include: our Grizzly Bear, Eurasian Lynx's, male Lion and parrots.
Since 1970, we are dedicated to preservation, conservation, and protection of endangered species. Our local conservation programs include the endangered Oregon Spotted Frog and Western Painted Turtle. And through our Quarters for Conservation program, we provide funding for field conservation projects around the globe. Currently, we provide funds for the Iranian Cheetah Project, Guatemalan Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrots, and the Indian Hornbill Nest Adoption Program.

Thanks for posting your concerns about your visits,
we hope you'll consider visiting the Zoo again in the future.

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