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GVZOO bids a fond farewell to an old friend

Date: April 5, 2014 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GVZOO BIDS A FOND FAREWELL TO AN OLD FRIEND 

Aldergrove – The staff and the Greater Vancouver Zoo’s Veterinarian, Dr. Bruce Burton, made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize our eldest Eurasian Lynx named Papa on Thursday April 3rd.

The decision to euthanize was based on Papa's difficulty breathing and inability to swallow.  Biopsy results of a mass in the nasal cavity confirmed adenocarcinoma (cancer).Papa’s first sign of illness was nasal discharge noticed on Feb 4, 2014.  He was treated with several different antibiotics, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory’s with no positive results and we felt his quality of life was not acceptable any more.

  

The Zoo has rescued numerous exotic animals over the years including Papa, who was rescued from a private owner back in 2000 in poor body condition. After months of continual care Papa was nursed back to a healthy Eurasian Lynx. The Greater Vancouver Zoo does not encourage individuals to keep exotic animals such as a lynx for a pet. Lynx are typically skittish, very private and solitary animals, in addition to having specialized needs which the average person is not familiar with.  

Papa was approximately 19 years old and the median life expectancy for Eurasian Lynx is 15 years. Eurasian Lynx are listed as “least concern” conservation status by the IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature) Red List. They are currently found in 46 countries in Europe, northern Asia and the Middle East. “Illegal skin trade remains the leading threat to the species, together with habitat loss and prey base depletion (Govt of US 2007a, IUCN 2007).”

It is always extremely difficult losing a member of our zoo family.  Papa will be missed dearly by those who cared for him and those who connected with him through their visits to the Zoo. And a special thanks to Dr. Burton for always being so compassionate and caring to our family. 

Media Contact: 

Jody Henderson 
General Manager
Phone:  604.856.6825 x 27
Email:  jhenderson@gvzoo.com

Earth Day, Save the Frogs & Get to Know contest - April 26th

EARTH DAY

Come out and celebrate Earth Day at the Zoo!  There will be lots of activities to learn more about how you can help the environment and save the animals too! 

Bring along your cell phone for recycling and you can help save wildlife habitats in Central Africa as well as help prevent the dangers from discarded cell phones and save money. Purchase 1 admission at the regular price and get the 2nd admission of equal or lesser value for free with every cell phone brought in for recycling. 

SAVE THE FROGS DAY!!  

Join us for talks about saving the Oregon Spotted Frogs by Wildlife Biologist "Andrea Gielens" at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. 


The Greater Vancouver Zoo is pleased to welcome back the "2014 Rotary Get to Know" contest launch. 

Calling all youth 19 and under! Get outdoors and connect with nature! Head to www.gettoknow.ca to submit art, writing, photography, video, or music inspired by your outdoor experiences and you could win some wild prizes! The contest is now open and runs until November 1.  Don’t forget to tell your friends and like us on Facebook to stay in the loop on other great opportunities from Rotary Get to Know and all our contest partners.



EASTER HOW SWEET it is - SUNDAY APRIL 20TH

Are you looking for some Eggstreme fun this Easter!!! 

Well hop on down to the Zoo for our Bunny talks, get your face painted, join in on our Easter Crafts and the Easter Bunny will be here from 12 - 2 pm!!

Please see "Welcome Board" upon arrival for times and locations of all activities. 






Goodbye winter, hello spring!

The sun’s shining, blue skies above, and flowers are blooming -- spring has officially arrived!

The Zoo sees many changes every year with the arrival of spring, and the start of our peak season.  

Trees in the picnic area have already begun to bloom, and tulips can be seen popping up near the front entrance.  As the weather warms up, animals begin to loose their winter coats, and new animal additions arrive at the Zoo.  

  

We're excited to announce the following enhancements for this year's peak season:

  • The Safari Grill Restaurant is under a complete new management and will have a freshly updated menu. The menu will include the usual tasty favorites plus healthier options such as: fresh salads, baked goods, vegetarian and gluten-free items. 
  • New “high definition security cameras” will be installed in both parking lots, within the next month or so; in order to enhance further safety and security for all of our guests.
  • A new building for the Lemurs is under construction right now!  This new building will be opposite their 3 islands, accessible by the lemurs through a tube like device that connects to the picnic area. This will enable better viewing of the lemurs year-round and a safer setting for both the lemurs and keepers.   

                                            

The start of spring also means the Safari Miniature Train is back to full operation, and our daily Interpretive Talks have returned.  This season, returning guest favorites include the Radical Raptors Birds of Prey show and the Lion/Tiger feeding, along with new additions Arctic Walk and the Small African Carnivore talk!  Click here to view a complete schedule of our daily interpretive talks. 

Here's hoping you have a soaring spring!

  

Winter Wonderland once again

Hello everyone,

Well here is round 3 of our wintery weather - we decided to close the zoo on Sunday March 2, as the conditions again are too snowy and unsafe for our guests.  Hope you are either staying inside keeping warm or are bundled up, but having some fun making a snowman out there! 




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