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COMMUNITY APPRECIATION DAY - SEPTEMBER 13

It is your day – when we say THANKS to all our supporters throughout the year and show our appreciation to our local community organizations!

The day begins at 10 am and goes until 4 pm. A variety of community groups will be here to promote their products and services.

For guests who purchase or re-new their membership they will receive an additional one month bonus just on this day! Additional activities for the kids and don’t forget we face paint as well!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT


SCHOOL STRIKE DISCOUNTED KIDS RATE

Starting today (September 5), we are offering children (aged 3 - 15 years) our best rate which is the "school rate of $9.25 per child".

This rate will be in effect Monday's through Friday's for the whole month of September. Parents and caregivers we know you are suffering but most importantly the children due to the teacher's strike, and we want to help a bit where we can. 

And don't forget to stop by and see the Lemurs in their new house...we introduced the rest of the troop this past week and they are all getting along very well.

Hope to see you here soon!

*** Please note that you cannot use this promotion with any other offers.

SCHOOL STRIKE Jr. ZOOLOGIST CAMPS FOR SEPTEMBER

Unfortunately many of the children are not back at school for the new year...so we wanted to provide another option to learn about science.  If you have not experienced our Jr. Zoologist Camps we have a "Life Science Curriculum" camp one for Grades 1 - 3 and for Grades 4 - 7. 

Life Science Curriculum day camps for students from grades 1-3 focuses on classifying living and non-living things, explores changes that affect animals, and ways in which animals are important to other living things and the environment.
** dates offered: September 9, 16 and 23 from 10 am - 4 pm

Life Science Curriculum day camps for students from grades 4-7 will compare structures and behaviours of local animals and plants in different habitats and communities, will touch on the concept of Animalia, and will delve into conservation, adaptations, and biodiversity.
** dates offered:  September 10, 17 and 24 from 10 am - 4 pm

Each session will be different from the other and will provide students with engaging activities and lessons surrounding these concepts. Following the Prescribed Learning Outcomes from the Ministry of Education, these camps are designed to assist students in meeting the curriculum requirements in Life Sciences according to their grade level.

To register please complete and return the enclosed registration form, or for any questions you may contact Barbara at 604.856.6825 ext 26 or via email at edu@gvzoo.com.


GVZOO Releases Captive Bred Endangered Oregon Spotted Frogs to the wild

Date: August 23 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 27
Email: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!

      

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