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Explore the 49 hectares (120 acres) of Greater Vancouver Zoo, home to over 500 animals in a natural setting. Founded in 1970, the zoo used to be a game farm, and acquired numerous animals of all kinds. Roaming the enclosures you can see many species from all over the world, from birds and reptiles to large mammals. Meet the zoo's numerous residents, some of which include lions, zebras, arctic foxes, bears, hippos, and giraffes. Before you go, check recent reviews as some visitors have reported high prices, few animals, and poor conditions. To visit Greater Vancouver Zoo on your trip to Aldergrove, use our Aldergrove holiday planner.
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Wish this zoo had more funding like the Calgary zoo, but the animals look in great condition and the staff is friendly and happy to answer questions. Great place to go on a nice day. Tip for the local... more »
I have walked the park so many times, and it's always fun to watch the animals and the people. It's great in the summer and the winter, but fall is probably my favorite season. The Zoo is beautiful wi... more »
Mixed feelings after my visit, the zoo generally looks tired and in need of investment, no paper maps or times and many enclosures look old with limited signage. I was lucky to see the lions being fed... more »
Katie Benoit Lysikov
This zoo has a wide range of animals and is a huge park. It has a train to view the park for like a $5 fee. The park is super outdated and most of the exhibits are way too small for the animals. Most of the animals looked really sad. My kids would love to go back but I feel guilty giving this place any more of my money to support what's happening here. Although it is exciting to see a lot of these creatures up close that you would have to go to Africa or another continent to see, it feels wrong to go back just because of how miserable the vibe is at this park.
The Vancouver Zoo should be ashamed of itself. VERY VERY plain and not too much to see. Not enough animals and the place doesn't even look like they spent any time designing or making it look good. I only go there because there's no other option. Been to other zoos around the world and this one is just too plain. The washrooms and food places are all in one place only. You have to pretty much walk a half hour almost to get back to it if you're on the other side and even though you can finish the whole zoo tour in less than 90 minutes, these kinds of things should be in more than one place. It's just too small. Staff is ok too but not enough. Food choices are not great. Better choices at a food truck possibly. Not the greatest option if you want to spend a day and did I mention TOO EXPENSIVE!!! It's waaaaaaaaay too expensive. Should be more like $10 entry fee only.
Always someone that will find a reason to hate somethings. But the zoo is a great learning place about animals and respect between humans. Hope it always keeps open, giving locals and tourists a chance to see where as if they didn't. No one would have a chance to see. Great for school trips are welcomed. awesome staff, educational. Not every day is perfect, more up to the animals there. To show or no show.
The zoo shows obvious age in it's signage, structures, and buildings. But the charm is still there. The enclosures varied in size, and at no point was I too concerned that the enclosure was too small to house the animal comfortably - except the ostriches, I'm on the fence about them. Costs to be aware of: Parking for the day is $6, and a student over the age of 16 with ID is $23, so it can be pricey. If you think of how much they need to maintain it though, it's worth it. We happened to go on World Lion Day, and they decorated a cardboard box for the lions to rip up, which was a wonderful enrichment item. They have talks throughout the day about various animals. Come on a cloudier or cooler day, otherwise a lot of the animals are hiding from the sun. Bring sunscreen just in case, a bottle of water, and a good pair of walking shoes. You can rent a quadracyle for $18 an hour, it fits two adults and probably three kids. It can't go everywhere in the park, but we parked our cart to the side of the enclosure and didn't have any incidents.
Despite living in Vancouver all my life, I have never been to the zoo because it is not transit accessible. However I finally had the opportunity to go a couple of months ago, as well as a ride. It's definitely not the best zoo I've ever been to, but certainly not the worst (that honor goes to the Copenhagen Zoo). Like all attractions in Vancouver, at $25 for admission, it's (in my opinion) super expensive, and I certainly don't think it's worth that price. However I'm glad I was finally able to go, and I was able to get free admission since my friend works there. Even though it's a fairly small zoo and doesn't have a lot of "exotic" animals, I saw things I haven't seen before at any zoo. I saw a male lion (all the zoos I've been to only had females, if I recall), and I saw hippos walking about. I've seen hippos before, but only floating in the water. While my friend and I were watching the hippos, for unknown reasons, they decided to get out of the water, walk around a bit, and roar (or whatever it is that hippos do). That was something different for me. Another highlight was the Ankole Cattle. They are cattle from Eastern Africa and they have enormous horns, the largest horns of all cattle. They were pretty cool.
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