Tips and Tricks for Bathing an Elephant

If you think washing your dog is a challenge, imagine scrubbing down a 4.4 tonne Asian elephant. Luckily, Lucy and her team of devoted keepers know the drill. “A daily bath is an important part of Lucy’s care routine,” explains zookeeper Paul Williams. “We...

Meet Our Tractable Animals

TWYLA, ROVER, MOKEY, MEEKO, SHELDON AND PHOEBE. What do these names have in common? They are all the names of tractable animals at the Edmonton Valley Zoo! What is a tractable animal, you ask? Well, a tractable animal is one that is capable of being easily...

Nature’s Wild Backyard Offers Spaces of Wonder

Revitalization. Transformation. Leaders in the realms of conservation, education and environmental stewardship. These words galvanize the vision which continues to drive the stunning improvements at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. With the completion of Arctic...

Working Together to Build the Edmonton Valley Zoo

Partnerships are based on trust, collaboration, and mutual visions and values. In 1988, the Edmonton Valley Zoo entered into a unique and exciting partnership. A group of Edmontonians, passionate about their local zoo, established a charity dedicated to...

LUCY AT PLAY

  Lucy, our Asian elephant, arrived at the Edmonton Valley Zoo in 1977, through a partnership between the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage and Colombo Zoo. She was estimated to be two years old. If a picture tells a thousand words, than a video must share a...

DRAGONS DISCOVERED!

Dragons are real and this summer, a pair made the Edmonton Valley Zoo their temporary home. Though they were not fire-breathing beasts circling in the sky, Komodo dragon sisters, Saphira and Ophelia, were just as mysterious and captivating as the mythical...

Bringing the Ocean to the Edmonton’s River Valley

The ocean in the River Valley? Is that really possible? YES! Since April, the Vancouver Aquarium’s Education Team has been on a national tour with their celebrated mobile ‘wet lab.’ For the last six months, this signature project has celebrated Canada’s milestone year...

ZooBuilder Program: Behind the Scenes

Our Zoobuilder Program is an exciting way to support the revitalization of the Edmonton Valley Zoo, volunteer at the zoo, and to get up-close-and-personal with some of your favourite animals! The ZooBuilder Program's "1-2 Person Encounter" and the "2-4...

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 setting...

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 surprised me.  She said...

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,...

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 the...

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...

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...

HELP BUILD OUR ZOO!

It is through today’s zoos that future generations will come to a greater understanding of the human impact on the natural world and be motivated to preserve it and reverse the damage already done. Every donation, big or small, helps us revitalize our beloved Edmonton Valley Zoo! Thank you for caring for the animals, our children's future and the planet!