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Come join the fun in Santa's workshop (indoor education centre) and his elves will be there to show you some holiday crafts, have your face painted and maybe you will get to see of couple of Santa's reptile creatures.

And 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 plus enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies with him...yummy!!!

Santa's workshop is open on December 20th through December 24th from 12 pm - 2 pm

The Safari Express Christmas Train will also be operating daily from December 20th through January 3rd, unless there are extreme weather conditions (excluding December 25th as we will be closed).

We also have a Winter Scavenger Hunt that will take place throughout the festive season starting December 20th through January 3rd, Details will be available at the front admissions when you arrive.

December 26th is Boxing Day and we will be giving special enrichment boxes to some of the animals, please see the Welcome Board upon arrival for times and locations.

**If you bring along an unwrapped toy or a can of dog or cat food, you will receive $1 off admission. The proceeds of your generous donations will go towards, the Salvation Army in Aldergrove and LAPS (Langley Animal Protection Society).

Looking for last minute gift ideas, why not consider purchasing a gift certificate for day passes or yearly memberships, adopt an animal, behind the scenes encounter and more...

On behalf of everyone including our very special animal family at the Greater Vancouver Zoo - we thank you for your support year round and wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukkah, and all the best over the festive season! And finally during this season of giving we hope that you give yourself some time to enjoy your family and friends...


Date: October 26th 2015



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

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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Media Contact:

Jody Henderson
General Manager



This is a day specially arranged for Teachers to learn about the educational resources and programs that we offer, role of accredited zoos, great conservation programs that we participate in, information about our Animal Care Department plus more...

This is a "free event" and does fill up quickly, so please don't delay! To register or for further details of the day, please contact our Education Department at 604.856.6825 ext 26 or Event takes place from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm on October 23rd.

Please note that we limit space to the first 100 participants. All participants are free of charge (including admission, activities, light lunch and parking), please be aware that this is for "teachers only" therefore; no guests or children will be allowed.

Arun the Red Panda is Out and About

Press Release

October 14. 2015



Aldergrove – Arun our male Red Panda, made his way out yesterday exploring his new outdoor enclosure at the Greater Vancouver Zoo! It was a very exciting time for Arun and we were thrilled with his keen interest of this new home, behaviour and health.

Arun arrived in June from the Assiniboine Zoo in Winnipeg as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival program (SSP). The SSP program helps the survival of species that are threatened or endangered in the wild by maintaining genetic diversity through managed breeding programs.

The Red Panda is not closely related to the Giant Panda in fact, it is not even a panda at all! It is believed the Red panda was given the name "panda" which derived from the Nepalese words"nigalya ponya" meaning "bamboo eater." These little guys are so unique they are in a family classification all on their own called Ailuridae!

Red Pandas are listed as Endangered as the population is estimated at less than 10,000 individuals, with a continuing decline of greater than 10 percent over the next 3 generations (estimated at 30 years) due to poaching and habitat loss.

It had taken over two years for the Greater Vancouver Zoo to qualify for participation in the SSP for Red Pandas. Through population management and conservation efforts such as public education, research, reintroduction and field conservation programs that are supported by the SSP program we can assure a sustainable future for animals that are currently being threatened in the wild.


Media Contact:

Jody Henderson
General Manager


October 5, 2015



Aldergrove – We are thrilled to receive the Peter Karsten’s Conservation Award from Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA), and to be acknowledged for our conservation efforts for the Western Painted Turtles.

This award recognizes an individual or institutional achievement in the field of conservation. Applications are encouraged for projects in the fields of conservation education, “green” operations, habitat preservation, species restoration or support for biodiversity.

For the past 3 years the Greater Vancouver Zoo and its partners have established a successful head starting program with the goal of rearing and releasing individuals with an increased chance of survival, increasing population numbers and creating self sustaining populations at historical and restored sites through captive breeding and head starting. The head started animals are released at targeted population recovery sites determined by the Western Painted Turtle Recovery Team and supported by site assessments pre-release as well as continued monitoring and habitat restoration.

The results so far of releasing some of the only remaining pond turtle in BC, Western Painted Turtles, back to the wild are:

  • 2013 – 73 hatchlings,
  • 2014 – 120 hatchlings,
  • 2015 – 130 hatchlings slated for release in 2016

Pitt Tagging

Transmitters for tracking purposes

Menita Prasad - Animal Care Manager releasing turtles back into the wild