Date: October 26th 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BIG CHANGES AT THE GREATER VANCOUVER ZOO
Aldergrove – You may have heard through the grapevine that most recently we have had some pretty big news at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Well that is the truth – we are extremely pleased to announce that we have a new owner and he is very keen to execute some big changes that we have all wanted and needed for many years.
Our new owner is originally from China, although has been living in Vancouver for the last 10 years. Many years ago he began his career as an English teacher but for several years now, he has been a successful entrepreneur with a passion for creating interesting and exciting places for people to have fun. Now his dream has finally come true which is to be involved with a place that connects people with each other, while ultimately having an appreciation and understanding of the natural world!
His thoughts surround upon keys factors that he strongly feels will properly develop and prepare the zoo for the future. By creating an exciting and inspirational friendly place that is focused on engaging discussions on conservation and ecology, in addition to providing the best environment for animals and people alike.
The first step was to hire an expert in Zoo Design and Consultancy (Bernard Harrison & Friends) to prepare an extensive 20 year master plan for the whole facility. Bernard Harrison & Friends are professionals in zoo management, wildlife exhibit conceptualization, animal husbandry, animal management, and collection planning. Mr. Harrison and two other exhibit specialists from the US have already been to the Greater Vancouver Zoo this past summer, and will be returning shortly to prepare and organize the future plans of the Greater Vancouver Zoo. For more information on his organization and the work he has done throughout the world including Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa; please visit www.bernardharrisonandfriends.com.
In addition to our new owner and the future plans, we have also had some amazing news in the last week and a half; with the birth of three Squirrel Monkeys and two Mara’s! How cute are they!!!
Greater Vancouver Zoo officially opened on August 20th 1970 as the Vancouver Game Farm. Over the years we have gone through several name changes and numerous enhancements to the facility and its inhabitants, while always dedicated to engaging our visitors about the animals and how to respect and connect to the natural world. We partner with several conservation organizations to help save endangered species including the Oregon Spotted Frogs, Western Painted Turtles, Iranian Cheetah Project (Panthera), Guatemalan Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrot (ARCAS - Wildlife Rescue & Conservation Association), and Indian Hornbill Nest Adoption Program (Nature Conservation Fund of India). The Greater Vancouver Zoo is a privately run CAZA accredited facility, which does rely solely on funds received from admission, school groups, special events, corporation and non-profit group events.
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