Hello, My Name Is Xena!

This article was originally published in the winter 2018 Wild Times Newsletter Photo Credit: Janice Ryan What better way to get to know the inner world of an animal than to ask one of their caregivers. In the case of our gorgeous Canada Lynx, Xena, zookeeper Mia knows...

Wild for the Zoo – World of Wildlife Travel

***UPDATE March 7, 2018. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Shauna Treichel, Founder of WOW Travel and the focus of the blog post below. On February 21, we lost a kind and beautiful friend ~ Shauna. In lieu of flowers, Shauna's family are...

Where Does the Zoo Find a Red Panda?

Some of our zoo residents are born here, like our baby Zebra. Many of our guests ask, “Where does the Edmonton Valley Zoo get its animals?” This is not a simple answer. There are no zoo stores with catalogues of animals to order and zoos do not collect...

Special Care for Senior Animals

Care for zoo animals has improved steadily over the last few decades with advancements in veterinary medicine, technology, nutrition, habitat design, training, and enrichment. As a result, zoo animals are enjoying healthy, long lives. But, as populations...

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...

CREATURE FEATURE: CANADA LYNX

Canada lynx are a medium-sized cat with distinct long ear tufts, flared facial hair and a black-tipped, bobbed tail. Canada lynx are part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP). In the 1900's their populations declined drastically due to the fur trade. The...

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...

CREATURE FEATURE: GOELDI’S MONKEY

The Edmonton Valley Zoo is home to nine Goeldi’s monkeys – parents Charlotte and Rene and their seven offspring. Goeldi’s are part of the international Species Survival Plan (SSP) which works to ensure the survival of species that are threatened or...

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...

Creature Feature: Three-banded Armadillo

ORIGINAL ARTICLE BY: Janice Ryan, B.SC, Author, Writer, Former Zookeeper PRINTED IN: The Wild Times, Spring 2017 The Edmonton Valley Zoo is home to a trio of three-banded armadillos, Twyla, Scarp and Rio, ages 14 to 15. They are part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP)...

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...

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!