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“Dirty, low-budget zoo” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Greater Vancouver Zoo

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
Richmond, Canada
1 review
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“Dirty, low-budget zoo”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2010

We brought our 2 year old daughter to this zoo for the first time today. We live in the area and are aware that this is a low quality zoo, but we thought we'd give it a try anyway. Wow, were we surprised!! The women's bathroom is covered in large black flies, probably over 30. The exhibits are extremely run-down and look terrible. And some of the animals are in cages that are far too small for them. We went to have a picnic on the grass "picnic area" as a few other families had done and were told that the entire area is reserved for parties. After packing everything up, we asked where we could picnic and were told to go on some benches by the playground which are constantly being covered by dust from the playground and bird poop. Anyone with young children would know that a 2 year old will not sit and eat lunch beside a playground. We spoke to a Manager on the way out about having an area in the "picnic area" that is for the public and cannot be reserved, but she seemed unable to grasp the concept.
The staff were not friendly and even the Manager that we spoke with was unreasonable and just made us angrier. It is not surprising that they are losing a lot of their well-educated/qualified staff to better zoos. The 1:00 Cat Feeding used to be entertaining to watch . . . with the cats jumping up on the fence and roaring; however, it is extremely boring now with a staff member using a monotone voice to tell us all the details about the cats and handing the cats the food.
We did only pay half price to get in, but we still feel ripped off. It is too bad that all the money that the zoo makes isn't being used to build better exhibits for the animals and upgrade the entire facility.
My recommendation is to make the trip to the Woodland Park Zoo near Seattle and see a real zoo.

3 Thank rkondus
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“I wish this place costed more - then It'd be perfect”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2010

And by this I mean there could be more done to make the cages look more natural - but this of course costs money. The Zebras were a sad lot, surrounded by mud instead of Savannah, the "fastest horse in the world" in a small pen he could barely run around in. Perhaps some sand for the camels, some "tundra" and for the arctic animals, some trees for the giraffes....But on a positive note it was clean, most cages were large, the bikes were super fun, and a definite effort was made to create habitats compatible with nature for the most part.

1 Thank KatSanders
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Vancouver Island
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“WoW! This is a MUST NOT MISS adventure...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2009

This zoo has a wonderful feel about it. It is small enough to be able complete it in a reasonable time but large enough to give you a taste of some of the more exotic animals. The lion and tiger feedings are very impressive as these cats are not tame (you will understand this when one jumps against the fence!). WE enjoyed every aspect of the zoos many and varied exhibits. From snakes to tigers and monkeys this zoo has a little of (almost) everything. It keeps the interest up with great keepers who take the time to stop and explain (sometimes odd) questions from visitors. There are lots of places to stop a minute and rest (especially if you have a number of small feet) and snack bars as well. Be sure to bring a water bottle (for refills). This zoo rates 4* for me (and we have been back a couple of times already).

1 Thank Marl99
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“Great Day - especially for the camara”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2009

We had an enjoyable time. Since I recently took up photography and bought a new camera I was really pleased with the opportunity to take lots of originals.

Thank Mike H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect zoo if you are an animal!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2008

This zoo has larger enclosures than most zoos out there (including famous zoos such as San Diego and Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle). All of the animals have plenty of space to roam and are not forced to be on display.
Plenty of nice paved roads to get around with our stroller. Also a nice playground to break up the day for the kids.
Loved the bus tour in the North American area... wonderful tour with bears and wolves!
Seem to be doing lots of work lately. A zoo on the rise!
Will for sure visit again to check out the new habitats.

2 Thank Kulan11
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