WORLD LION DAY - AUGUST 10th
WORLD LIZARD DAY - AUGUST 14th
Come and "Meet a Lizard" on Monday August 14th at 11AM for World Lizard Day! It's time to learn more about lizards and it's also your chance to find out first hand what that scaly skin feels like! Don’t miss the Nile Monitor feeding immediately following “Meet a Lizard” in the Vivarium!
47th ANNIVERSARY PARTY - AUGUST 19th & 20th
Who’s ready to Partayyy?! The Greater Vancouver Zoo’s 47th Anniversary is just around the corner and we can hardly wait! On August 19th and 20th from 11AM to 4PM you can party with us in the picnic area, with activities like Angela Brown’s Nylon Zoo, Airbrush Tattoo’s, Wipe Out and the Adrenaline Obstacle just to name a few! Don’t miss cake at 12:00pm! See you there!
CANADA DAY & CANADA THEMED WEEKENDS IN JULY
Who's ready to Celebrate Canada 150!? We are!
Canada Day - July 1st
us at our Booth near the front entrance between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM
for face painting, tattoo's, enter the Draw by Donation and a tasty treat at 12:00PM!
In our North American Section you can visit another Booth between 11:00AM and 4:00PM to partake in some fun Canada games!
Don't miss our special Canada Day Enrichment with Shadow the Grizzly Bear at 2:30PM! #23 on Zoo Map
Canada Themed Weekends - in July
Friday's - Prize winner from the previous week's draw box will be announced! Entries are by donation 100% of proceeds will be going to Canadian Conservation Organizations! Prizes equal value of $150.00 or a Behind The Scenes Experience with a Canadian Animal! *different organization per week and draw box will be available at our Info Booth on weekends
Canada 150 Photo booth,will be set up by our Amphitheater, pose with
one of the radical raptors birds of prey in front of a Canada backdrop!
Photos will be taken with guest's own camera's. This activity will be
available between 10:00AM and 11:00AM *there will be no touching the birds
Sunday's - Guests will get the chance to help us prepare some pretty cool enrichment items for our Canadian Animals! *schedule to be announced
ACCESS DAY - June 5th
FATHER'S DAY - June 18th
Join us this Father’s Day for a fun day at the zoo! The first 150 dads to enter the zoo will get free admission & at 2:00PM families can join us in building mini airplanes to take home!
*Until supplies last
WORLD GIRAFFE DAY - June 21st
PANTHERA PRESENTATION - MAY 5th
us at 1:30PM in the Animalasium for a very special presentation by
guest speaker Luke Hunter the President of Panthera! Panthera is a large
wild cat conservation organization and Gvzoo has been supporting their
efforts to save the Iranian Cheetah since 2011 through our Quarters for
Conservation program. Come learn about the Iranian Cheetah Project -
protecting the last 50 Asiatic cheetahs in the world.
**Space is limited
MOTHERS DAY - MAY 14th
This Mother’s Day the first 150 moms to enter the zoo get FREE admission! Then join us at 2:00pm in the picnic area where families can decorate a pot and plant a seed to take home! 1 pot per family, this planting activity will be available until supplies run out**supplies limited
ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY - MAY 19th
Conservation organizations will be joining us on May 19th
between 10AM and 1PM! We want to raise awareness and support the many
conservation groups in our community! Learn what you can do to help and
see what others just like you are doing to protect our local species!
**Event located inside our front entrance
TURTLE DAY - MAY 23rd
the importance of our local endangered turtle species, and the
conservation programs in place to help save them! Meet the Western
Painted Turtle at our Turtle Day Booth near our front entrance between
10AM and 1PM!
EASTER WEEKEND - APRIL 14th - 17th
Join us this Easter Weekend for many fun and exciting activities! See below for details.
April 14th: Stop by for some fun Easter Themed Enrichment with our Chickens at 11:30AM at our farm yard!
April 15th: Special for Easter Weekend is the chance to Meet a Bunny up close and personal at 11:30AM at the farm yard!
April 16th: Meet at Bunny at 11:30AM at the farm yard and then meet the Easter Bunny! Between 12PM and 2PM The Easter Bunny will be handing out chocolate eggs!
April 17th: Meet the Easter Bunny for a chocolate egg between 12PM and 2PM and Join in our Easter Enrichment Walk to see some animals getting a special Easter treat!!
April 17th Easter Enrichment Walk Schedule:
11:30AM Meet us at the Eurasian Lynx enclosure and then we will head to the Black bear, Grizzly, and Arctic Fox!
1:30PM Meet us at the Lion enclosure and then we will head to the Tiger, Red Fox, and Baboons!
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!
EARTH DAY - April 22nd
Join us for an Environmental Conservation Talk, down at our Salmon River at 2:30PM. Who’s ready to get involved?! 30 Pre-Registered families will get to help us with our salmon river conservation project! Families will get to plant a native plant species at our conservation site. Photo's will be taken and participants can choose to participate in a Facebook contest to win a family pass for our Family Night In The Wild Camp!
SAVE THE FROG DAY - APRIL 29th
Stop by on April 29th for Save The Frog Day! Learn the importance of our local endangered frog species, and the conservation programs in place to help save them! Meet some frogs at our Save The Frogs Day Booth near our front entrance between 10AM and 1PM!
PIG DAY 2017 - MARCH 1st
Join us on Wednesday March 1st at 1:00pm in front of the Red River Hog Enclosure #26 to watch the hogs enjoy a fun enrichment treat!
WORLD WILDLIFE DAY - MARCH 3rd
Join us on March 3rd for World Wildlife Day! Take part in the SSP
Challenge for a fun and interactive trivia game focused on our animals
in the species survival program. Find hints around the zoo for a chance
to win admission & train tickets! You can also take part in the challenge on our Rainy Day Bus Tour at 11AM and 3PM!
JR. ZOOLOGIST SPRING BREAK CAMP - MARCH 13-17th
This spring we will be celebrating the Earths Seasons and how
animals interact and adapt to their ever-changing environments. Kids
ages 7-12yrs get to conduct experiments, create enriching items,
experience behind the scenes animal interactions, play games, and more!
Call 604 856 6825 ex 28 or visit JrZooCamp for more information or to register!
ST. PATRICK'S DAY - MARCH 17th
Join us march 17th for St. Patrick's Day! Find all 5 hiding
Leprechauns in the zoo and enter to win the Leprechauns special pot of
“coins and surprises!” wear all green and receive a bonus entry!
CITIZEN SCIENCE SATURDAY & WORLD WATER DAY - MARCH 25th
Join us on March 25th at 12:30pm in the picnic area for a
very special Citizen Science Saturday combined with World Water Day!
Meet our very special guest speaker Mike Pearson PhD. RPBio. and learn
about endangered species in the Fraser Valley water ways!
**In case of rain we may host this event in the Animalasium - please check with our front admissions upon arrival
February is the month of love and appreciation! We are offering 50% off regular daily admission between Mondays and Thursdays for the whole month of February!
*Excluding holidays and cannot be combined with any other offers
*Family Day 30% off regular daily admission
Join us this February 13th for Family Day!
Bring the family and enjoy a day at the zoo, receive 30% off daily admission and enjoy our Talks and Feedings! We are bringing back the following Interpretive Talks for just this one special day! **Talks and Feedings normally only operate during our peak season April - September
Squirrel Monkey Interpretive Talk: 10:00AM
Meet A Reptile: 11:00AM
Lion Talk: 1:00PM
Valentines Day- Feb 14th!
What are you doing this Valentines Day?! Bring your date and join our special Valentines enrichment walk. At 12:00 noon you can even help us prepare a special Valentine for our baboons!
* Still looking for a gift? How about something unique like animal artwork? Check out our Hippo Kisses made by our beautiful Hippos Hazina & Haben!
Hippo Day - Feb 15th
Stop by on February 15th to Celebrate Hippos! Learn more about them, and take a look at some pretty neat artifacts at our Hippo booth between 10:00AM and 1:00PM!
**Our hippo pond is currently frozen, however if it melts by then we will be doing a Hippo Enrichment for guests to view! Details will be announced.
Citizen Science Saturday - Feb 18th at 12:30pm
Join us Saturday February 18th at 12:30PM for our 3rd Citizen Science Saturday! We will be hosting an educational, hands on guest participation event in the Animalasium! This month's Citizen Science Theme is: "How the different senses help animals survive and adapt to their environments". Enjoy a demonstration and enrichment showcasing what you have learned!
Pro D Craft Day - Feb 24th
Looking for a fun way to spend the February 24th Pro-D Day?! Stop by and
visit your animal friends and at 12:30PM meet us at the Animalasium to
make some awesome & handy crafts to take home - All crafts are made from recycled
Citizen Science Saturday!
Join us on January 21st at 12:30PM for our 2nd Citizen Science Saturday! We will be hosting an educational, hands on guest participation event in the Animalasium and our Animal Care Centre! This months Citizen Science Theme is healthy animal diets: take part in a fun hands on workshop, then board the Gvzoo bus for a special behind the scenes tour in our Animal Care Centre Commissary!
spots for this event is 24 participants so give us a call at 604 856
6825 to save your spot, remaining spots will on a first come first serve
basis at our front admissions.
**Availability not guaranteed.
**Bus ride weather dependent - in the case of icy conditions wear appropriate attire and be prepared to walk the tour.
Chinese New Year!
Join us on January 28th and 29th for some Chinese New Year fun! We are offering guests 2 for 1 admission & a special gift on both days, as well as some exciting scheduled enrichment activities with some of our species that are native to China!
As we welcome the year of the Rooster how could we not do a special enrichment with the Roosters close relative?!
11:00AM Meet us at our farm yard, learn a bit about Chickens and watch them get a special Chinese New Year treat! - By Gvzoo Train Station
1:30PM Head over to the Red Panda enclosure and visit with Arun our resident Red Panda as he gets his special enrichment! - #13 on Gvzoo Map
11:00AM Meet us in our Asian section for a visit with our Sika Deer! Learn a bit about them and watch them play with their special treat! - #5 on Gvzoo Map
1:00PM Head over to the Eurasian Lynx enclosure for a special visit and of course, a Chinese New Year enrichment! - #22 on Gvzoo Map
12 Days Of Enrichment!
us for some holiday fun everyday between Dec 13th and 24th from 9:30am to 10:30am in the
concession to help make some festive enrichment items! Then at
11:00am meet us at the enclosure to watch them play with what you've
This year we are trying something new...
Family photos with one of our beautiful Reindeer!
This is an enrichment activity for the Reindeer.
Enrichment provides mental and physical stimulation through various activities.
This also reduces stress on the animal while providing enrichment through positive reinforcement.
How it works:
Everyday at 12:45pm a shuttle bus will transport you to the Reindeer enclosure.
An Elf will bring one of the Reindeer out for you and your family will pose for a quick photo next to the Reindeer.
Cost: It will cost $20 for the photos. (The photos will be held on a USB for pick up within an hour or for pick up next day)
If you wish to explore the zoo Admission will be a separate fee.
Photos are only to be taken by a Greater Vancouver Zoo photographer.
Please note: ANIMAL WELFARE IS OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY
IF THE ANIMAL IS NOT UP TO THIS ACTIVITY YOU ARE NOT GUARANTEED A PHOTO WITH THE REINDEER
(Refunds will be available in the case that the Reindeer does not cooperate)
Your guide will go over strict safety rules before photos are taken.
REMEMBRANCE DAY - NOVEMBER 11th
On Friday November 11th all Veterans will
receive free admission to the zoo. Don't forget to get your Poppy
in support of our Canadian Veterans! Poppies are available at our front
admissions by donation for the Royal Canadian Legion!
We are forever thankful to all of those whom served and are serving our beautiful Country! Lest We Forget.
Our Safari Miniature Train narrator will also be sharing some interesting Animal War Hero stories on our regular train rides.
CITIZEN SCIENCE SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 19th
Join us on November 19th at 12:30PM for Citizen Science Saturday! we will
be hosting an educational, hands on guest participation event in the
Animalasium! This months Citizen Science Theme is Recycling for the
environment: learn more about the importance of reducing waste while
learning how to make fully recycled gift bags that look awesome! Take
your gift bag home and teach others just in time for the holidays!
PRO-D CRAFT DAY - NOVEMBER 25th
Looking for a fun way to spend the November 25th Pro-D Day?! Stop by and visit your animal friends and at 12:30PM meet us at the Animalasium to make some awesome & handy crafts to
take home - made from recycled goods!
Looking for some Spook-tacular Fun well come join us for our BOO AT THE ZOO celebration with a Haunted House in the Animalasium (October 29th -30th) from 10 am – 4pm and (October 31st) from 10 am - 2pm. included with your admission. This is a merry not too scary event.
Fun-filled Costume Contest Parade (October 29th – 30th) at 1pm – children aged 12 years and under that are fully dressed in a costume and participate in the parade, get free admission into the zoo when accompanied by an adult paying regular admission! 3 Awesome prizes!
And for some evening fun – October 28th – 30th come join us for our 1st Spooky Night Walking Safari at 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm. Try and come early as tours will be starting on time. Price of admission (**) for this tour is separate from daily admission and are as follows:
** Anyone that is already in the zoo for the day, needs to register at the front admission and in addition to the regular admission for the day would pay $3 to go on the Spooky Night Walking Safari.
And all children aged 12 years and under get in free to the Zoo on October 31st if dressed in a costume, when accompanied by an adult paying regular admission and also receives a special treat as well!!
THIS IS YOUR DAY EDUCATORS!!
The Greater Vancouver Zoo has always been a unique resource for educators of all grade levels, from Pre-School to University students. Now with the introduction of the new British Columbia curriculum, even more opportunities are available here. The new curriculum is about providing a greater connection to learning, and we have many resources to assist educators in meeting those learning outcomes at our facility or by having us come to you with our outreach options.
This is a free event and does fill up very quickly as we are limited with space, so please do not delay! To register please click here or for further information about the day, please contact our Education Department at 604.856.6825 ext 26 or email email@example.com.
Event takes place from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm on October 21st.
All educators are free of charge and includes light snacks and refreshments, although we recommend that you bring a bag lunch or money to purchase lunch at our Safari Grill cafe. Please be aware that this is for "educators only" therefore no guests or children will be allowed with this program.
Come celebrate the five species of Rhino’s: black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran, and Javan plus how you can save them in the wild!
Rhinoceros are the largest mammal after the elephant and rank among the most endangered species in the world! The biggest threat to Rhino’s is poaching and is pushing them to extinction. Please come by the Info Booth from 11 am – 2pm and learn how you can help save these amazing animals!
A donation box will be available at the info booth to anyone able to donate. All funds will go directly to the International Rhino Foundation. More info on their rhino conservation work can be found at http://rhinos.org/state-of-the-rhino/
Join us by celebrating INTERNATIONAL RED PANDA DAY – we will have a special talk at Arun’s enclosure (our wonderful Red Panda) at 3 pm, where you will have an opportunity to hear some important conservation work that is being done and also a chance to observe Arun’s behaviour when the keepers give him an enrichment treat!!
This is also Your Day! We would like to show our APPRECIATION and THANKS to our community and our many supporters who visit us throughout the year! People who live in the Aldergrove and/or Langley area can present their ID to show they live in the area and receive a 2 for 1 admission into the zoo.
And for guests who purchase
or re-new their membership
they will receive a Family Day Pass as a
gift, that they can share with another family member or friend to come visit
the zoo…as our small token of saying thanks for all your support!We will also
have some additional activities for the kids as well!
Are you looking for just the right fun seniors outing? We invite senior’s groups with a minimum of 5 participants to visit our animal friends for only $12.25 per person (extra saving of 51% 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.
For an additional $3.50 per person you can have a ride on our narrated Safari Express Miniature Train around the perimeter of the zoo.To register call Barbara at 604.856.6825 ext 26 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Come join the party - we are celebrating our 46th Anniversary on Saturday August 20th and are very proud of it!
Please stop by and share in our celebration – all activities from 10 am - 3 pm will be taking place in our main picnic area which is located in the centre of the Zoo across from the baboons and jaguar. Fun stuff includes 4 amazing entertainment from the TA DAA LADY and the NYLON ZOO, musical trio the FLYING RITAS, face painting, coloring contest, scavenger hunt, obstacle course, giant slide, and the folks from “WILD PLAY” will show you how to put on one of their harnesses!
Schedule of performances for the day are:
Did you say CAKE!!! Of course wouldn’t be a party without the cake - cake will be at 12:30 pm.
Come and enter the Greater Vancouver Zoo's LEGO building competition! Submit a LEGO sculpture on the theme of animal conservation and win great prizes!
Saturday, July 30 2016, 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Greater Vancouver Zoo, 5048 - 264th Street, Aldergrove, BC, Canada
Drop off your LEGO sculpture at 8:30am, enjoy a morning at the Zoo, and then return at 11:30am for the judging and prizes.
Your ticket price includes entry to the Zoo as well as a $10 donation to animal conservation projects.
For more information and to register, visit http://gvzoo.com/creatingforconservation/
This is a special evening for you and your family to experience sleeping overnight at the Zoo in the picnic area - next to the night animals!
Once night falls, our guides and volunteers will accompany you on a walking safari throughout the zoo so you can observe and learn about our animals at dusk. Later on we will have a campfire while enjoying some hot chocolate and marshmallows while we tell stories, play games and/or sing songs (guitars are welcome)! During the night you will hear the lions roaring, wolves howling and a few feathered friends will make sure you are awake in the morning! This is camping in your own tents!
Speaking of morning, we will serve you a light breakfast, then you get a chance to meet a Zookeeper and learn about an animal plus enjoy a narrated train ride around the perimeter of the Zoo.
Dates available are: July 9th & 23rd, August 13th & 27th
Don't delay in booking as we book up quickly - to reserve your evening adventure complete this registration form. Or call our Education Department at 604.856.6825 ext 26 or email email@example.com.
***Special discounts are available for our valued members!
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.
Come celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday with us! You can see all the native Canadian animal species that live at the zoo and perhaps learn a thing or two about them.Participate in a
scavenger hunt and did someone say CAKE - YES we serve some pretty
delicious cake at 12:30 pm at the front Zoo map – but don’t be late as
it doesn’t last long.
Come celebrate the longest neck animal and meet our resident Pompey! Learn about these amazing animals and why you should help save them in the wild at our 5 pm Giraffe Talk.
There will also be a raffle for a lovely basket (plush giraffe, frame photo of our own Pompey, Giraffe statue, Giraffe cozy) at the information booth. 50% of the proceeds will go towards West African Giraffe Conservation and 50% to the GVZOO Volunteer Enrichment fund.
Come support these wonderful conservation efforts!!
Register to golf in person at the Zoo, competition times are 11:30 am and 2:30 pm...don't miss out on all the fun! Entering the golf competition is by donation (in addition to regular admission fees to the Zoo).
Winners will receive some fantastic prizes and maybe you will learn a thing or two about the great game of golf. Happy golfing and Happy Father’s Day!
Back by popular demand - our annual fun-filled and very popular day for people with disabilities and at a discounted rate!
The Zoo is pleased to host and provide a great deal of $5 per person (special needs assistants get in for free) and to ride the train $2 per person (excluding special needs assistants).
Due to limited availability, we are unable to accommodate everyone on Access Day on the train and will therefore be selecting interested groups through a random draw. To qualify for the train lottery, registration forms must be in by Friday May 27th. Draw will take place on Monday May 30th and groups selected will be contacted as soon as possible if their group has been drawn. Pre-register here with our Education Department or call 604.856.6825 ext 26 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is always extremely popular, so book now to avoid disappointment.
FINAL DEADLINE to book for this event is JUNE 3RD!
HAPPY DAY FOR TURTLES!! Come discover the wonderful world of turtles and in particular our conservation efforts to help save the endangered Western Painted Turtle.
The Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii) is the only remaining native pond turtle left in B.C and has a wide distribution in western North America. In British Columbia, there are two populations of the Western Painted Turtle: the Intermountain - Rocky Mountain Population in the southern interior and Pacific Coast Population in the southwest.
Stop by the information booth for some great tips on turtles and don't miss our Conservation Chat at 2 pm.
And for our other favorite turtles - we are also celebrating "World Turtle Day®" with the soon-to-be-released
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" in theatres June 3
- we'll be handing out free movie swag and enter to win some tickets to the advance 3D screening!!!
How cool is that!
Who loves their MOM?? Does she love animals and the great outdoors? If so, why not come celebrate Mother's Day with us - the first 100 mom's get in half price and receive a special treat!!
Everyone will get a chance to meet up with the Super Mom's here at the Zoo!
Did you know that “Frog Day” is the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action? Here at the Greater Vancouver Zoo we have been helping with the Oregon Spotted Frogs since they became endangered in 1999…so frogs are near and dear to our heart. And here's a video that one of our valued animal care staff took on our conservation efforts of the frogs in our care.
Join us for talks about saving the Oregon Spotted Frog by Wildlife Biologist “Andrea Gielens” at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm at the conservation project area. Learn about the Oregon Spotted Frogs and how you can save the frogs in the wild!
Come out and celebrate Earth Day with us! There will be lots of activities to learn more about how you can help the environment and save the animals too!
Bring along your old cell phone for recycling and you can help save wildlife habitats in Central Africa as well as help prevent the dangers from discarded cell phones and save money as well!
Purchase 1 admission at the regular price and get the 2nd admission of equal or lesser value for free with every cell phone brought in for recycling.
Are you looking for some Eggstreme fun this Easter!! Well hop on down to the Zoo for an Educational Easter Scavenger Hunt, join us for some Easter Crafts and of course you get a chance to meet the Easter Bunny (from 12 - 2 pm) for a sweet treat!!Please see the Welcome Board upon arrival for locations for times and locations of activities!
Have you ever wondered what creatures roamed the Earth between 70 million and 10 thousand years ago? Our Spring Break camp will explore everything from dinosaurs and fossils to the creatures of the ice age and connect it to the theories behind continental drift and how it relates to our world today.
Dates available: Monday March 14th - Friday March 18th. Camps are available for children from 7 – 12 years!
Length of camps: Single day, multiple days or an entire week. Discounts are available for GVZOO members, multiple children or for multiple days.
To register complete the JrZooRegistrationSpring2016.pdf form, call Barbara at 604.856.6825 ext 26, or email email@example.com.Registration is offered on a first-come, first served basis as space is limited.
Looking for just the right fun outing...bring the gang enjoy a 45 minute narrated safari bus tour, with either your bus (for your convenience) or join us on one of our buses.
On this special day you will receive an extra savings bonus of 42% off the regular “off season” admission rates. With a private guided tour you will only pay $11.25 per person to hear & see about the wonderful world of animals at the Zoo!
To register call Barbara at 604.856.6825 ext 26, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So you think you know everything about love, well…we think you might learn a few fun light-hearted facts about our animals & some of their various mating habits!
For the younger ones we have activities and face painting in the Animalasium (indoor Learning Centre) from at 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Bring your sweetie & come join the fun – Love Bus Tours operate on February 14th, but please keep in mind this tour comes with a PG RATING – some of the information & vocabulary may not be appropriate for children.**Must be reserved at the front admission. Times are 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm.
Two big events to celebrate all on the same day!! Bring your family to the Zoo on BC Family Day and Chinese New Year, and you will receive a 20% off general admission. You can have your face painted and learn some new crafts from 11 am - 2 pm in the Animalasium (indoor learning centre).
Plus this is the YEAR OF THE MONKEY to come learn about our own primates, informative signs will be posted next to them!
The Monkey is the ninth sign in Chinese astrology. The number "9" is associated with ambition, activity, smartness, mischief and adventure - and that is definitely what our monkey's are all about!