THE CAROUSEL PROJECT
There are so many exciting elements that will form the next phase of the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s transformation. Everything from new habitats and guest viewing areas to the revitalization of the original 1950’s carousel. With help from the Volunteer Woodcarvers at Fort Edmonton Park, the carousel is getting an uplift with some incredible new features. Instead of the traditional aluminum horse seats, the volunteer woodcarvers are creating new seats and chariots representative of the different endangered animals that are under the care and protection of the Edmonton Valley Zoo.
For a donation, you can sponsor one of these newly hand-carved seats in memory or honour of a loved one, or to celebrate a milestone such as a retirement or company anniversary. For businesses, you can have the opportunity to showcase your sponsorship by having the carousel seat featured in the lobby of your business before the new carousel is operational! Find your spirit animal – the animal that most represents you, your loved one, or your business – and help revitalize one of Edmonton’s most precious gems.
Follow the link below to see a photo gallery of our newly carved seats, to watch the Fort Edmonton Park volunteer woodworkers in action, and to find out how you can be a part of this project!
A Huge Thank You to Our ZooFest 2017 Sponsors
NATURE’S WILD BACKYARD
The Valley Zoo Development Society is committed to raising funds in support of the revitalization of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Our most recent commitment is to raise over $9 million dollars to fund the the next phase of construction, Natures Wild Back Yard. We are confident that through donations from individuals, corporations, government, and private foundations, we will reach this goal.
If you would like to help, the “Ways to Give” menu located throughout our website is full of wonderful ways you can help the Valley Zoo Development Society raise funds and promote awareness to ensure the continued development of Edmonton’s beloved Valley Zoo. We sincerely thank you for your generosity.
Nature’s Wild Backyard will build on the Inner Zoo’s origins as the “Storyland Zoo” by rededicating it to children and young families. The design for Nature’s Wild Backyard is situated at the intersection of environmental stewardship and a child’s thirst for wonder through interaction. The design strategically embraces play and discovery within the framing of immersive experiences as a means of intimately relating the visitor and a comprehensive ecology. Laid out in a series of Zones, Nature’s Wild Backyard will allow our guests to experience each Zone in the same manner as the animals that inhabit it.
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LET’S CRUSH THE MYTHS
The Edmonton Valley Zoo is home to an Asian elephant named Lucy who has been the subject of great attention. Most of it comes from inflammatory and inaccurate campaigns by activists on the local, national, and international levels. We believe you deserve the facts on Lucy’s health and well-being.
Toggle through the myths below and get the facts. Then download your own copy of our “Crush the Myths” pamphlet and help us crush these myths for good!
MYTH 1: THE EDMONTON VALLEY ZOO VIOLATES ZOO STANDARDS BY KEEPING LUCY ALONE.
FACT: The Edmonton Valley Zoo is inspected annually and meets all applicable regulatory and legislative standards, and codes of ethics of Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums. The agencies that license and regulate zoos in Alberta have also reviewed Lucy’s situation and have confirmed there are extenuating circumstances that must be considered for Lucy’s well-being.
MYTH 2: THE DECISION TO KEEP LUCY IN EDMONTON IS BECAUSE OF MONEY.
FACT: The Edmonton Valley Zoo puts the well-being and care of all the animals ahead of all else, and Lucy is no exception. Decisions will continue to be made in the best interest of Lucy’s health and well-being as she is an individual animal, with individual needs.
MYTH 3: LUCY HAS NEVER BEEN EXAMINED BY A THIRD-PARTY VETERINARIAN OR ELEPHANT EXPERT. THE ZOO IS PAYING VETS TO SAY LUCY CANNOT BE MOVED.
FACT: The Edmonton Valley Zoo routinely consults with international experts to ensure
Lucy receives excellent care. Many experts in the well-being of elephants who have examined Lucy have chosen not to lend their names to their findings due to harassment from animal rights activists.
MYTH 4: LUCY DOESN’T WALK ENOUGH.
FACT: Lucy goes for multiple long walks each day and follows a prescribed exercise program.
While research is still being evaluated, it is said that Asian elephants in the wild travel four to nine kilometers daily in search for food and water.
MYTH 5: LUCY WAS TAKEN FROM THE WILD AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN ISOLATED.
FACT: Lucy was orphaned in Sri Lanka and was brought to the Edmonton Valley Zoo via the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage and Colombo Zoo. She is what is often called a “people elephant”, and her herd is her zoo family – the keepers and trainers who spend their days with Lucy. It is very special to witness the affection Lucy has for her caregivers. Lucy has had opportunities to socialize with both Asian and African elephants in the past, but these interactions demonstrated her lack of understanding of elephant
dynamics; she simply did not do well in these situations.
MYTH 6: SHE IS KEPT INDOORS, HAS LITTLE SPACE TO ROAM, AND IS CHAINED.
FACT: Lucy is rarely indoors and is often found enjoying the outdoors year-round. On the rare days she stays inside due to weather conditions, she follows an exercise program designed by an animal rehabilitation veterinarian. Lucy is not chained; she is free to walk around. On rare occasions, elephants may need to be restrained as a safety measure for all. This is a requirement of Canada’s Accredited Zoos and
MYTH 7: SHE IS KEPT OUTSIDE IN FREEZING COLD WEATHER
FACT: When Lucy needs to be indoors due to cold weather she has a large heated building as well as a heated exercise barn. She does take walks daily even in the winter and her temperature and response to the weather are monitored closely by her caregivers during the walks.
MYTH 8: LUCY STANDS ON CONCRETE ALL DAY CAUSING SERIOUS FOOT PROBLEMS.
FACT: Lucy’s feet are in good condition. Her indoor enclosure floors are covered in rubber matting, sand or mulch to ease pressure on her feet. These floors are also heated. Lucy’s care team checks and conditions her feet daily as a preventative measure.
MYTH 9: LUCY IS OBESE.
FACT: Lucy’s weight is managed through her nutritional and exercise program. Her weight fluctuates but she is not considered obese.
MYTH 10: THE ZOO FEEDS LUCY A POOR DIET.
FACT: Lucy is on a nutrition plan recommended by an animal nutritionist and her veterinarian. The plan includes a variety of fresh browse, grass, herbivore pellets and hay.
MYTH 11: LUCY IS OLD AND SICK, WITH SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS.
FACT: While Lucy is a well-adjusted elephant she does have some health issues that are managed well with her team at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Her most significant health challenge is a respiratory problem that makes it difficult for her to breathe when she is in a stressful situation, such
as being transported or placed with unfamiliar caregivers.
MYTH 12: THE ZOO HASN’T DIAGNOSED OR TREATED LUCY’S RESPIRATORY PROBLEM.
FACT: Lucy has a respiratory problem due to a constriction of airway in her upper nasal region. Her breathing issue is managed when she is calm and comfortable. Under stress, Lucy’s ability to breathe is stretched almost beyond her capacity.