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GVZOO Releases Captive Bred Endangered Oregon Spotted Frogs to the wild

Date: August 23 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Greater Vancouver Zoo Releases Captive Bred Endangered Oregon Spotted Frogs to the wild

Aldergrove – In continuing on with our scientific work and conservation efforts of the endangered Oregon Spotted Frogs, yesterday we released more frogs back into the wild! This is the second release of the year; the 127 frogs were bred in a captive environment while studying, marking and finally releasing them back into their natural wetland environment.

For over a decade, Animal Care staff from the Greater Vancouver Zoo have worked on this very important conservation project.Working alongside the wildlife biologists from the Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Team, staff have helped with monitoring, research, habitat management and restoration of this endangered species. The frogs were released yesterday into their natural wetland environment near Aldergrove, BC; in an area specifically modified and enhanced to meet the Oregon Spotted Frogs habitat needs.

The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species lists the Oregon Spotted Frog as “Vulnerable”, and they are listed as “Endangered” in Canada.Oregon Spotted Frogs are endangered because they constantly have to face threats from tremendous loss of suitable habitat due to draining of wetland habitats, introduced bullfrogs, green frogs and predatory fish that eat the tadpoles and young frogs. Another potential threat is the chytrid fungus which is native to Africa and has caused significant loss of amphibian populations in many parts of the world.

The Oregon Spotted Frog is now limited to four sites within BC, one in the Aldergrove area and three in the Agassiz area.The Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery team was formed in 1999, when the Committee for 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 BC Ministry of Environment, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, Canadian Wildlife Service, Department of National Defense, District of Kent, Fraser Valley Regional District, Greater Vancouver Zoo, Seabird Island Band, Stó:lo Tribal Council, Toronto Zoo, Vancouver Aquarium, Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, BC Conservation Foundation, and Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition.

The Greater Vancouver Zoo has been actively involved with the recovery team and the head start program of this species since it was declared endangered in1999.

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Media Contact:

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


Celebrating the Zoo's 44 Anniversary & Lemur House opening!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our 44th Anniversary Celebration & our Grand Opening of our new Lemur House on Saturday, August 16!

  

The celebration included a finger painting contest, yummy anniversary cake, bouncy castle, obstacle course, slide and children performances from Patricia Dunphy & The Flying Ritas.

  

The celebration also included the grand opening of our new lemur house with a special lemur feeding!  The new house will provide access via a tunnel to the 3 lemur islands.  Special thanks to Tony & his team for all their construction efforts!

      

GVZOO'S 44TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION & NEW LEMUR HOUSE

Date: August 16th 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GVZOO’S 44th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION & NEW LEMUR HOUSE

Aldergrove – Come join the party TODAY!! Since our inception in August 1970 as the World Wide Game Farm and our first animal Dennis the “Llama” – many improvements have been made over the years. We also went through several names changes until 1999, when we became what we are today which is the Greater Vancouver Zoo.

The accredited Zoo’s role in the community and the rest of the world has changed dramatically over the years. We are extremely pleased with the progress to date and look forward to continuing to promote understanding of the impact of human activities and the actions that need to be taken to protect our wild inhabitants.

Today’s celebration include our interesting and fun interpretive talks, educational scavenger hunt (where you can learn a little more about your favorite animal) and a finger painting contest (**both you can enter to win a family day pass to the Zoo), anniversary cake at 12:15 pm, bouncy castle, obstacle course, slide, and children performances from:

  • Patricia Dunphy at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm
  • The Flying Ritas' at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm (including a puppet show)

Also we are celebrating the opening of our new Lemur House which provide access via a tunnel to the 3 lemur islands (with a special feeding time for the lemurs at 12:30 pm). For further details visit www.gvzoo.com.

Come join the fun and continue to increase your understanding of nature and the wonderful world of animals!

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Media Contact:

Jody Henderson

General Manager

Phone:604.856.6825 x 27

Email:jhenderson@gvzoo.com


Zoo's 44th ANNIVERSARY - August 16th

Come join the party - we have lots of fun activities including a finger painting contest and scavenger hunt (enter to win a Family Day Pass), bouncy castle, obstacle course, slide, children performers 

  • Patricia Dunphy 11:30 am and 2:00 pm
  • The Flying Ritas' 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm (including a puppet show)

and anniversary cake at 12:15 pm plus the opening of our new lemur house across from the 3 lemur islands (with a special feeding time for the lemurs at 12:30 pm).  

Bounce = Bounce!

sliding...


New house - great for keeping them warm on
cooler days or evenings, plus you can see them
in the winter through the viewing area!


Lots of dirt...still...but it will be gone for the
opening day...don't worry.

Bridge crossing over to the 3 lemur islands from
the new house!!

She cannot wait!!




Thank you to our wonderful performers and guests from yesterday

We had a wonderful group perform the traditional music and dance called "Samulnori" yesterday (Saturday August 2nd) .  They are young university students from Korea that came to Canada just for this summer to perform this type of music and dance in a wide variety of First Nations Communities throughout B.C.  

It was a beautiful and very educational performance based on the harvest time of the year and about their culture many years old. Here are some of the photos from the day....thank you again for performing for us...it was a very special treat!

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