It is National Zookeepers Enrichment Week from July 17 - 23, so why not come celebrate with our passionate animal care givers with what they love to do best - enrich the lives of the animals that they care for! Times and dates of the animals that are receiving the extra special treats this week in addition to their usual daily enrichment activities.
What is Enrichment? Enrichment is the process of ensuring the animal's needs are being met and that each different species has the opportunity to experience enhanced welfare - physical as well as psychological, while using their cognitive abilities and responding to environmental conditions using their special adaptations.
to all our wonderful zookeepers for all they do!!
To help raise awareness about animal conservation initiatives, the Greater Vancouver Zoo is getting kids, kids at heart or anyone who loves building to create a animal conservation-themed LEGO sculpture for the upcoming Creating for Conservation event! On July 30th, you can bring your best work of LEGO to the Zoo for our exciting contest. Your sculpture will be on display at the Zoo for all to admire, and will be judged by a panel for your chance to win amazing prizes! The top three selected by the judges in each category will receive prizes, and there will also be a “People’s Choice Award” up for grabs!
This is a great opportunity to have fun while learning about the importance of conservation. “This event will help by providing more awareness for the programs we are involved with, but ultimately we hope to encourage appreciation of the environment and motivate our guests to get more involved with any form of conservation efforts,” says Marketing and Communication Manager, Jody Henderson. It’s a fun family activity to get kids educated on endangered species, animal conservation, and how to get involved. It will be an enriching way get educated on how to contribute, while having fun creating with one of the most widely loved toys. What better way to learn? “Kids are our future, so the sooner they appreciate and understand about conservation, the better leaders they will become in protecting the animals and the wild spaces where they need to survive”.
At the Greater Vancouver Zoo, we participate in multiple conservation efforts. We’re not only involved with local conservation initiatives, but we expand to field conservation work. “Locally we are involved with three native endangered species breeding programs (Oregon Spotted Frog, Western Painted Turtles and Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterflies) where we release the captive breed species back into protected wild locations,” says Henderson. “Whether we are providing messaging about conservation or doing the field work itself is vitally important to connect people with nature, so we all can protect the planets biodiversity and the future of all species”.
Ten dollars from every ticket purchase will be donated to the Greater Vancouver Zoo’s conservation initiatives.
To register for Creating For Conservation, get your tickets here.
Join us on Friday, July 8 at 3 pm in the Greater Vancouver Zoo Picnic Area for P.L.A.Y.'s miniature presentation of the Lion King. The Greater Vancouver Zoo is proud to support P.L.A.Y. (Professional Live Arts for Youth) this year. P.L.A.Y. is a non-profit organization aimed to provide children and families with professional and affordable arts programs. Meet 10 of these talented young performers and get to know a little bit more about this wonderful community program.