Meet Lucy: A Sweetheart of a Snake

BY: JANICE RYAN, B.SC. AUTHOR, WRITER, FORMER ZOOKEEPER It’s not often that you hear “sweetheart” and “snake” in the same sentence. So, when Wade Krasnow, Animal Care Team Leader at the Edmonton Valley Zoo remarked that Lucy, their new nine-year-old Burmese python was...

A Winter Wonderland

BY: Wade Krasnow, Animal Care Team Leader @ The Edmonton Valley Zoo It was a bright sunny day in the middle of winter. The temperature was -30°C but not everyone was staying inside, cuddled under a blanket – the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s red pandas were out enjoying the...

Top 10 Reasons Why the Edmonton Valley Zoo is Awesome!

ORIGINAL ARTICLE BY: JANICE RYAN, B.SC. AUTHOR, WRITER & FORMER ZOOKEEPER PRINTED IN: The Wild Times, Spring 2017 The Edmonton Valley Zoo has grown in remarkable ways since it opened in 1959. Flanked by green vegetation in the heart of the River Valley, the...

A Gift of Bonding with Family and Nature

When Samantha contacted me about a Zoobuilders Experience for her daughter's 16th birthday, I thought 'wow, that is such a good idea.  It is so hard to buy a cool gift for a teenager!'. But it was her feedback after the experience that truly...

Let’s Crush the Myths!

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...

Goodbye to Galapagos

The Silverseas Galapagos is considered an Expedition Cruise ...which you probably figured out if you followed this blog.     We had on average 4 options every day which included hiking, kayaking and snorkeling.   There are plenty of options to do that here, however...

Origins – Santa Cruz

This morning we disembarked at 7:45 a.m. for the island of Santa Cruz. It wasn't our most orderly exit, many of us had stayed up late into the night dancing and we were feeling it this morning! Still we are now ship to zodiac skilled passengers and crew had all 100 of...

The Big, the Slow and the Endangered, San Cristobal

San Cristobal is one of the few inhabited islands in the Galapagos (supposedly there are a handful of people on Floreana but we saw no trace of human habitation). It has one port with dozens of mid sized sailing vessels, two of which were bringing fresh produce to our...

Postcards from Eden – Post Office Bay and Floreana

We slept in today!  First activity was 8 a.m. We went for our final kayak.   The bays around Fernandino are shallow, crystal clear and full of sea lions frolicking.  One of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had.   It was way to short. We were back on...

Fear and learning in Bartolome and Playa Espumilla, Santiago

Saturday we left early and our bags had been searched even earlier in the morning and had to contain no liquids or organic material whatsoever.   Shoes were searched and if any had mud or dirt they were cleaned (at a charge) at the airport to prevent seeds or foreign...

Quito Ecuador – Oct14th – high and a little off centre

We arrived late last night and settled in at the JW Marriott. Dean, Shauna and Cindy and I have travelled together before, Mel joined us and we are meeting a hiking buddy of mine Kasia at the hotel. Quito is a city of 2.5 million people in the Andes. Due to its place...

PBI – Good bye to Churchill

We were up bright and early this a.m., breakfast, bunks stripped and all the lodge buggies cleaned and loaded all of our things into tundra buggy by 8 a.m.   Never before have 24 relative strangers operated like such a well oiled machine.  ...

PBI – Oct 6 – The Unusual Suspects

Last night I truly felt like a kid on Christmas Eve. My bunk looked out onto the tundra and ever time I was close to drifting off, I forced myself awake to watch the landscape in the dark. I was so sure I'd fall asleep and miss a polar bear out my window! After...

PBI – October 5 – Permafrost and Perceptions

Yesterday was cold.  Much colder than when we arrived and it took us awhile to acclimatize.    Wait, cold.  If it's cold (or colder) doesn't that mean all these climate scientist are wrong?    Everyone in Edmonton knows we are in for a much colder winter than the last...

PBI – Churchill Northern Studies Centre – Oct 4

This building in Churchill is a marvel.   Churchill has always been a place to learn.   With its unique location,  it was one of only three centre's world wide to set up Aurora  Borealis research launch sites which taught us what we know today about this beautiful...

PBI October 3 Churchill

5 a.m is early and I've seldom seen so many happy people at 5 a.m., but we were heading out to Churchill, and after last nights presentation by Bill Watkins on Churchill's history, the polar bears and everything we could expect we were all eager. Bill had explained to...