Would You Like to Help Build Our Zoo? You Can Leave a Powerful Legacy!

This article was originally published in the Winter 2018 Wild Times Newsletter. By including the Valley Zoo Development Society in your will, trust, retirement plans, or life insurance policy you can pass on your love of animals, conservation and education to future...

Creature Feature: Harbour Seal

This article was originally published in the Winter 2018 Wild Times Newsletter. Arctic Shores is home to four playful and entertaining harbour seals. The female quartette ranges from 11 to 18 years. Hula, Wasabi, Millie, and Sushi spend their day darting around their...

Plains, Trains and Automobiles

This article was originally published in the Winter 2018 Wild Times Newsletter. Photo Credit: Wade Krasnow (Above Photo: Three Harbour seals, each with their own crate, arrive by plane from Quebec.) People often ask, how do you move animals from one zoo to another?...

Geriatric Care: Creating a Life Worth Living

This article was originally published in the Winter 2018 Wild Times Newsletter. Photo Credit Wade Krasnow Age Is Not A Disease One of the benefits of modern veterinary care and medicine; higher quality nutrition, training and enrichment; and natural habitat designs is...

Polar Bears in the Classroom

This article was originally published in the Winter 2018 Wild Times Newsletter. Close your eyes and imagine how cool it would be to spend an entire week of school at the zoo. All sorts of incredible and unexpected adventures would make that an unforgettable...

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....

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...

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!