The holiday season is a perfect time
to get together with your family and friends…so why not come together to celebrate
it with us!
Just follow the candy cane lane to Santa’s workshop and his elves will be there to show you some holiday crafts, have story time, paint your face up and maybe you will get to see a couple of Santa’s reptile creatures…I think I heard a spiny-tailed lizard might be showing off his stuff and more creatures… but you have to come by to see.And did I forget to tell you – the most important man of the season will also be there “SANTA” himself in his workshop. You will have an opportunity to sit on his lap, tell him everything you want for Christmas and also have your picture taken with him.
Santa’s workshop is open on December 14, 15, 21 and 22 from 10 am – 3 pm.
The Safari Express Christmas Train will also be operating daily from December 14th through January 5th, unless there are extreme weather conditions (excluding December 25th as we will be closed).
later you need to go visit Santa’s reindeer's in the North American section, who
are preparing for their big trip this year.
Guided North American walking tours will also take place from the Cougar enclosure starting December 26 until January 5th. Please check welcome board upon arrival for times.
**If you bring along an unwrapped
toy or a can of dog or cat food, you will receive $1 off general admission. The proceeds
of your generous donations will go towards, the Salvation Army in Aldergrove
and LAPS (Langley Animal Protection Society).
November 11, 2013 -
A day to remember and to say thanks – all veterans will receive free admission for themselves and one guest with appropriate veterans identification.
Our way of saying thanks....
November 5, 2013 - Are you looking for just the right outing for your group? Well bring the gang and enjoy a 45 minute narrated safari bus tour throughout the zoo on either your bus (for your convenience), or join us on one of our buses. On this special day you will receive an extra savings bonus of 45% off the regular admission rates. With a private guided tour you will only pay $11.25 per person to hear, see and learn about the wonderful world of animals at the Zoo!
To register you may complete this registration form, call Barbara at 604.856.6825 ext 26, or email email@example.com to reserve your space today.
Our Squirrel Monkeys have more than 1 reason to be excited today! It’s Friday, it’s sunny, and the renovations on their outdoor enclosure are finally complete!
The squirrel monkeys have been off exhibit for the last few weeks, while improvements we’re made to their outdoor enclosure. The old wire mesh on the top part of their enclosure was replaced, the outdoor area was cleaned up, and the various branches for the monkeys to jump around on were replaced with new branches that have different smells that will enhance their experience while they are outside.
At various times throughout the year, we go into all of our animal enclosures to do a major cleanup, make improvements, and change the scenery. Changing the scenery in an enclosure is a form of enrichment that helps keeps our animals mentally stimulated.
Keep your look out for further enhancements that will be made in the next little while to the Squirrel Monkey enclosure. And be sure to stop by and say hi to these silly monkeys this weekend!
Date: October 6, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED OREGON SPOTTED FROGS RELEASED INTO THE WILD
Aldergrove – On Thursday October 3, the Greater Vancouver Zoo was thrilled to release 325 Oregon Spotted Frogs back into the wilds of Agassiz. This project has been a very important part of the Zoo’s conservation efforts since the frog received the status of “Critically Endangered” in 1999. The Oregon Spotted Frogs are the most endangered amphibian in Canada.
The Greater Vancouver Zoo provides a “head start” program that involves removing egg masses from the wild and then raising the frogs in a captive environment until they are large enough to be released. This has proven to have a much higher survival rate than the embryos, tadpoles and small frogs would see in the wild.
This is the third year that the Oregon Spotted Recovery team
has released frogs to the Chaplin site in Agassiz. Our hopes with releasing such
large numbers several years in a row to the same site would be to see our first
egg masses next year in this area.
Andrea Gielens (Wildlife Biologist) - releasing the frogsWhat do the Oregon Spotted Frog look and sound like?
The Oregon Spotted Frogs are medium-sized (approximately 5-10 cm) and named for the black blotches with light centers that are distributed across the head and back of adult frogs. These spots become larger and ragged looking around the edges as the frog ages. They also have a pair of parallel, light brown to orange ridges which are called dorsolateral folds that run from just behind the eyes all the way down their back. Juveniles are light brown or olive green on their back and white to cream on their belly. Their mating call consists of a series of 5-50 clucks that sound like knocking on a log, or someone softly clicking their tongue on the roof of their mouth.
Why is the Oregon Spotted Frog endangered?
There has been a big decline in numbers due to the area being inhabited by the introduced bullfrog, green frogs and predatory fish that compete with the Oregon Spotted Frog for food and their habitat. Reed Canary Grass is an invasive plant that can also change the frog’s habitat. Also the loss and degradation of breeding habitat from dam construction, drainage patterns being altered, excessive livestock grazing, agricultural use for water and other human activities that reduce or eliminate shallow water. Oregon Spotted Frogs spend most of their time in shallow calm waters, usually floodplains and wetlands; especially ponds that has sunlight that warms the water.
Who is the Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery team?
The Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery team was formed in 1999 when the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) first designated the frog as “endangered”, in order to save the species. The species is also Red-listed in B.C. The team is comprised of biologists from provincial and federal government agencies, members of CAZA-AZAC (Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums - Aquariums et Zoos Accrédités du Canada) and other researchers.
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Phone: 604.856.6825 x 27