THE EDMONTON VALLEY ZOO
INTIMATE. INSPIRING. NURTURING. NATURAL. COOL.
Nestled on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, in the heart of the Edmonton River Valley, The Edmonton Valley Zoo is a place that fosters enduring bonds between animals and people; a place where learning is engaging and memorable; a place of research, education and conservation; and, above all, a place where a high quality of life for the animals is the top priority.
INTIMATE… Warm and welcoming, the Edmonton Valley Zoo truly is a special place where guests connect with the animals. These emotional connections inspire guests to care about the animals and the natural world.
INSPIRING… At the Edmonton Valley Zoo, every visit is rich with animal connections. From wolves to snowy owls, to Meerkats and armadillos, animals with their caregivers are regularly out and about meeting and engaging with guests. It’s in these delightful moments of getting close to wildlife that learning becomes accessible and stimulating. These intimate experiences inspire guests and create an emotional connection to the animals.
NURTURING… Guests of the zoo are enveloped by a thoughtfully cultivated nurturing environment. It starts with the animal caregivers – true stewards, they continually demonstrate their dedication to providing a high quality of life for the animals living at the zoo – and flows out to other staff, volunteers and guests.
NATURAL… Nestled in the City’s spectacular river valley, the zoo’s natural setting is the perfect place for guests to connect with nature and learn how to help conserve the planet for future generations.
COOL… Of course, not all the animals at the Edmonton Valley Zoo can roam the grounds. That’s why cool changes are underway at the zoo to better showcase animals in natural habitats. The new state-of-the-art facilities will allow guests to get closer to the animals, to observe clearly, and engage authentically. That’s cool.
Originally the “Edmonton Storyland Zoo”, the Edmonton Valley Zoo welcomed its first guests on July 1, 1959. Since that time, the zoo has continued to evolve and grow. In 2009, the City announced the current revitalization that is completely overhauling the zoo — redeveloping the former and beloved Storyland elements that had earned their places in the hearts of Edmontonians. While the Storyland Zoo was leading edge in 1959, times have changed and with the help of the Valley Zoo Development Society, the City of Edmonton is moving forward to transition the zoo into a facility of the 21st century with a strong focus on learning and conservation initiatives.
HOURS & ADMISSIONS
The Edmonton Valley Zoo is open 364 days a year, allowing guests to see everything from babies in the spring, to how the animals prepare for winter. The zoo is only closed one day a year, on December 25th. Once a year the Edmonton Valley Zoo hosts a free admission day. Hours change seasonally, so make sure to visit the Valley Zoo’s website for current hours before you go.
COVID NOTICE: The Edmonton Valley Zoo is open with new safety measures and guidelines and modified hours. Tickets are not available at the gate and are being sold online only. Members and Pass Holders must also book tickets online in advance. Follow the link below for current hours and to book your tickets.
The Edmonton Valley Zoo offers day passes (child, youth, adult & senior rates), family passes, annual passes, group discounts, and bulk admissions. Children under the age of two can enter free of charge. For up to date admission information, please visit the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s Website.
An annual zoo pass gives you unlimited admission to the Edmonton Valley Zoo during regular public hours for a full year, admission to our Get Closer: Animal Talks, and use of the miniature train and carousel rides. You’ll also receive free or discounted admission at participating zoos across Canada and the United States!
Not only is an annual pass a great investment but a portion of the proceeds goes directly to the Valley Zoo Development Society for use in the revitalization of the Edmonton Valley Zoo!
MAP & DIRECTIONS
Parking at the Edmonton Valley Zoo is free of charge. There is a large parking lot immediately outside of the zoo entrance-way.
CONTACT THE ZOO
T | 780-442-5311
E | firstname.lastname@example.org
Operated by The Edmonton Valley Zoo Development Society, the Zoo-tique is located in the beautiful Entry Plaza of the Edmonton Valley Zoo.
The Zoo-tique offers a wide variety of children’s toys both fun and educational, adult & children’s clothing and accessories, Edmonton Valley Zoo souvenirs, and a whole lot more! You can even buy paintings by Lucy the Elephant!
The Zoo-tique stocks products from local suppliers that are environmentally friendly, such as frog-friendly products from frogfriendly.ca
During your next visit to the Edmonton Valley Zoo, be sure to stop in and say hi!
ZOO STORE HOURS
Mother’s Day thru Thanksgiving Open Daily from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Labour Day thru November 26th Open:
Daily from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. *
November 26th thru January 3rd Open:
Monday &; Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 3:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.*
January 3rd – April 12th Open:
Thursday thru Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*Closed on Christmas Day
“When people leave the zoo, they will remember the animals: how they smell, how they play, how they eat, how they breathe and how they sound. They will remember getting close enough to look deep into the eyes of lemurs or seals and sea lions or otters, wolves and owls. And they will care.”
WHY ZOOS MATTER
Unlike movies, television, books or the internet, zoos provide people with opportunities to engage with animals – we see them breathe, look them in the eye, smell them, and sometimes even reach out to touch their fur, feathers or leathery skin. Zoos allow for intimate animal and people interactions that showcase the majesty of wildlife and teach people to care about the natural world around them. Once a zoo can establish this connection between people and nature, it is better able to promote further education, deeper research, and the need to support conservation efforts at home and around the world.
The Edmonton Valley Zoo has ambitious plans to become a catalyst for shaping thinking and changing attitudes about animals and the environment within Edmonton, the province of Alberta and globally.
The Valley Zoo Development Society’s mission is to raise funds and promote awareness to ensure the continued development of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Each year the Society contributes money it raises to the Edmonton Valley Zoo for continual improvement projects. The Society also donates money to various charities including the Elephant Foundation and Snow Leopard Trust. Recently, the Society committed to raising money towards construction of the new family area at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, Nature’s Wild Backyard.
HOW YOU CAN 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. Whether you attend or sponsor one of our fun annual events, Adopt An Animal or an Exhibit through our amazing adoption program, host a fundraiser, become a donor, volunteer of your time, or simply bring your family and friends down to the zoo, you are helping make Edmonton, the province of Alberta, and the World a better place. We sincerely thank you for your generosity.
“If we don’t do something for conservation and preservation, and teach people the one word that I call LOVE… you are not going to conserve something. Where do we teach love? We teach it in zoological parks.”
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!