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The Great BC Shakeout - October 16th

ARE YOU READY?  Today at 10:16 am we are participating in the Great BC Shakeout - everyone who is at the Zoo today during this time must join in.  To learn more about earthquake preparedness visit


Welcome back Teachers to our annual Teacher's Professional Day event just for you!!

This is a day specially arranged for Teachers to learn about the educational resources and programs that we offer, role of accredited zoos, great conservations 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 see the enclosed registration form; or contact our Education Department at 604.856.6825 ext 26 or  Event takes place from 9 am - 1:30 pm on October 24th. 

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


Are you artistic and skillful at making scarecrows, or just want to have some fun??  Invite your group, organization or family to put your scarecrow making skills to the test and register for our Scarecrow Safari!

Each group should be clearly marked to identify the group, family or organization. You are responsible for your own materials and set-up. Participants are invited to set up their exhibits on Saturday October 18th between 1:00 – 3:00 pm, or October 19th between 10:00am and 12:00pm.

Each group that participates will be entered to win free admission for up to 10 children and 2 adults. There will also be awards for “Funniest”, “Scariest” and “Most Animal Like” voted by the public and staff through a ballot box at the front admissions.

To register or further questions, please see the enclosed Registration Form or contact or 604.856.6825 ext 26, 

Deadline to register is October 15, 2014

What October brings...

Yes October is here which means a change in the season and also a few changes here at the Zoo. For starters it is getting darker earlier and as always we need to change our hours of operation to adjust. As of today, October 1st through March 31st we are open from 9 am - 4 pm. 

We are also offering lower rates during our off season (click here for full details) since we no longer offer our complete Interpretive Talks during this time. Effective October 1st the "Meet a Reptile at 11 am" and the "Lion & Tiger talk at 1 pm" will happen on weekends only. 

With the kids back in school we are offering more Senior Safari Bus Tours - October 3, 16 & 21.  We invite senior’s groups with a minimum of 5 participants to visit our animal friends for only $11.25 per person (extra saving of 36% of regular admission rates). This includes a 45-60 minute private narrated bus tour, with either your bus (for your convenience) or join us on one of our buses.

To register call Barbara at 604.856.6825 ext 26 or email at


Date: September 23, 2014



Aldergrove – Another exciting year for turtles and the Greater Vancouver Zoo as we have released some of the only remaining pond turtle in BC, Western Painted Turtles, back into the wild!

We removed eggs from nests in the Fraser Valley that were of high risk for disturbance, and 40 hatchlings were released back at two priority sites determined by the recovery team in the last two  weeks.   Transmitters were attached to 18 of the turtles so they can be radio tracked, and will provide us more information on their survival and habitat use.

Western Painted Turtles with their transmitters             Off swimming in their natural habitat

“There is very little known about hatchling and juvenile turtle behaviour/movements and habitat needs, this data will help to inform both this species conservation as well as many related species and turtles in general,” says Andrea Gielens (Wildlife Biologist). Andrea is a well-respected biologist who has worked with the Zoo’s Animal Care Department for about 10 years now, on both the endangered Oregon Spotted Frogs and Western Painted Turtles conservation projects.There are 13 more turtles that were retained to allow them more time to grow and will likely be released next spring.

     Being released to their natural habitat

Last year we released 12 turtles back into the same location where their eggs where originally collected in the Sunshine Coast.We originally started in spring 2012 when we participated in taking eggs from the emergency locations and bringing them back to be incubated at the Zoo.

According to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), the Pacific Coast Population of the Western Painted Turtle is listed as endangered, while the Intermountain - Rocky Mountain Population is listed as special concern.A short supply of suitable habitats due to urban development, drainage of wetlands, forestry, road building, and other human activities are a limiting factor for this species and other freshwater turtles.

The Western Painted Turtle is named after the bright yellow stripes on its head, neck, tail and legs, and the glowing red on its plastron (shell covering the belly) and under-edge of its carapace (shell covering the back). They can grow to over a foot in length, and can often been seen basking in areas completely surrounded by water to avoid predators.

If you see a Painted Turtle, the best thing to do is to keep your distance, do not move them or take wild turtles home as pets. Be careful not to trample on turtle nest sites.

The Province of B.C. contributes both funding and ‘in kind’ contributions in support of the project. This includes staff time, equipment, research funding related to the radio-tagging of the turtles, and overflow facilities for rearing them until they can be released back into the wild.

The Greater Vancouver Zoo is very grateful and thankful for the continued support of the Western Painted Turtle Recovery Program from the Wildlife Preservation Canada (

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Media Contact:

Jody Henderson
General Manager
Phone:604.856.6825 x 27

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