We are so proud to be WAZA's new institutional member. The mission and vision of the Greater Vancouver Zoo have changed over the years to grow with our society's desire to help the vulnerable species of our planet. Through our new partnership with WAZA and its many dedicated institutions with the same conservation focus and desire for excellent animal care and welfare, we will continue to grow and create positive change for our future generations.
*WAZA Press Release*
WAZA Welcomes First New Member of 2021
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is delighted to welcome its first new member of 2021, the Greater Vancouver Zoo. The Zoo joined as a new Institutional Member in March.
Established in 1970, the Greater Vancouver Zoo has grown from a small drive-through to one of Canada's premier zoological destinations and a dedicated contributor to species conservation over the past half a century.
The 120 acres zoo, situated in British Columbia, is dedicated to education and conservation and is home to many rescued, donated, and orphaned animals.
Serge Lussier, General Manager of the Greater Vancouver Zoo, said: “It is with much pride that the Vancouver Zoo has joined the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, this is an important organization in the world of animal care and welfare, education, and global conservation. The next people that will have their heart for protecting the environment, that will go into politics and have an influence — they need to come to our zoo and realize the importance. There’s more to it than animals, but animals are the center of it. What we’re doing is not only something that will be great for families in British Columbia but also something that is important for the future of our society".
Supporting conservation efforts is one of the primary missions of the zoo, and this at different scales. At the local level, its commitment is aimed at protecting some of British Columbia's native species, such as the Taylor's checkerspot butterfly, the Oregon spotted frog and the western painted turtle. Additionally, the Greater Vancouver Zoo supports the creation of conservation breeding programs for the recovery of populations such as the woodland caribou, an emblematic animal of (North?) America, which is unfortunately on the verge of extinction.
The Zoo aims to be a leader in conservation through active onsite rehabilitation programs of endangered local species, head-start and release programs, participation in global conservation initiatives, and public education. It was recognized for its conservation efforts and was twice awarded the Peter Karsten In Situ Conservation Award for its work on the Salmon River Restoration Project and the Western Painted Turtle Recovery Program, respectively.
The Greater Vancouver Zoo is also a member of Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA).