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“Some Kids will Love the Experience”

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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Abbotsford, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Some Kids will Love the Experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2014

You can walk for no extra charge than admission, rent a quadra cycle bike or pay to reserve a seat on the mini train to tour the grounds. For adults/seniors and children 3+ the entrance fee seems excessive. Parking is extra. We enjoyed the raptor show and feedings, but go early to get a good seat; these activities are popular. In season the Safari Grill offers standard fare; a picnic lunch with water/juice/milk and snacks are a better and healthier option for families. Not the worst zoo I've seen, but could be much better.

Visited August 2014
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Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
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“Loved the raptor show”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2014

I went to the Zoo with my grandchildren. The first stop was the raptor show. Prior to the show we were able to see the birds up close as the volunteers were walking about. The show itself was awesome. It was so impressive to have the birds fly over and brush the hair on your head. Afterwards we were able to hold one of the owls and have our picuture taken with it. My grand daughter is still talking about that. It was a great experience for all of us.

Visited August 2014
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“Heartbroken for Animals”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2014

By the entry there was an emu in a pretty Barron cage that was gnawing at its side, and clearly had a gash in its skin. The rest of the zoo had lonely animals whose natural habitats were largely not recreated. I was heartbroken for the thin dad animals, it was the saddest zoo I've ever been to.

Visited August 2014
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GVZoo, General Manager at Greater Vancouver Zoo, responded to this review, September 4, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. The emu that you seen out front is recovering from surgery and he does have an area on his side that is still healing, and has not regrown feathers yet.He also recently sloughed off a bunch of dead skin, so is redder than usual.
As far as lonely animals, don't understand what you mean...animals that are by themselves are on their own since they are solitary animals. The enclosures are as natural as we can make them in a captive setting...they are specifically designed for the make up of the animals needs, so again unclear of what animal or enclosure you are referring to. If you have further concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us directly through info@gvzoo.com.
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Seattle, Washington
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26 attraction reviews
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“Great animals with not so great enclosures”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2014

This zoo had some amazing rare animals that I had never before seen in a zoo. Some were even critically endangered or extinct in the wild such as the addax or scimitar horned oryx. However, that being said most of the exhibits were overgrown, had bad fencing, or were empty. The giraffe barn was tiny and it showed that the zoo clearly does not have the funds to maintain all of their exhibits at once. Some of the exhibits, such as the hippo and zebra enclosures were really great, but the grizzly habitat was full of blackberries and empty. The reptile house was a highlight as it contained many cool animals as well as the hippo feeding which was the best experience i've had with hippos in my life, and that's saying something. Overall an okay zoo that has a few really fun exhibits but the rest are just passable.

Visited August 2014
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“Good, but eat elsewhere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

The children enjoyed themselves. It was great seeing animals from around the world. However, we went to the food stand and had to wait for over half an hour after ordering for them to make our hot dogs and fries. I would eat elsewhere or bring in food next time.i

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