Please note from June 8th 2019 entrance to GVZoo will be through a temporary entrance booth located in the lower parking lot while we carry out work on a new entrance.
Dedicated to education and conservation, the Greater Vancouver Zoo is home to many rescued, donated and orphaned animals. The mission of the Greater Vancouver Zoo is to inspire appreciation of our ecosystems and support conservation efforts by engaging the community.
Discover the sights and sounds of 140 species on 120 acres in the heart of the Fraser Valley.
Lifespan: 15 years
Diet: Carnivore-rodents, amphibians, lizards, birds, eggs, fish, insects, mollusks, crustaceans
Geographic Range: Sub-Saharan African
Conservation Status: Not Evaluated
Fun Fact: Nile monitors can work in groups to raid crocodile nests, as one lures the mother away, others get the eggs. This type of group work is not usually associated with lizards.
Keeper Perspective: "Nile monitors stay pretty wild in captivity. They are large and powerful and can be pretty aggressive at times, charging at you rather than running away, an they can move with speed. This makes Domino more challenging but also lots of fun to work with."- Dave
Domino the Nile monitor loves napping in his den, basking under his heat and UV lamps, and chasing after and devouring his food.
*for more information visit our Animal Library
(October 1 - March 31)
9:00am - 4:00pm
(April 1 - September 30)
9:00am - 7:00pm