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Greater Vancouver Zoo, Aldergrove

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
2.1/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web
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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  • Really disappointed. The train ride was too fast. Not able to see the animals .For the price one would expect at least a small map and don't tell me about economic friendly. It is simply a money savin...  read more »
  • There were no redeeming qualities to be found for this location. I have to agree with one of the previous reviewers that called out the very small amount of cars in the parking lot. I hesitate to call...  read more »
  • We passed up going to the Kamloops Animal Park in favor of going to the Greater Vancouver Zoo because we didn't have time to do both, and we thought a large city Would have a much better zoo than a sm...  read more »
  • 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.
  • This place has been a joke for a long time. I don't know how anyone with even an ounce of compassion can support them. To be clear, I'm not an animal rights warrior, I'm a realist. Rescue and rehabilitation has its place. Education has it place. Exotic animal captivity for the purpose of financial gain has no place. As well, their track record of care for those animals is horrendous. I went here more than a few times as a child and then as a young adult. My later visits really opened my eyes to the reality of this place. There was very few staff, very little education (besides the signs at the enclosures) and the animals had no life in their eyes, they were just lawn ornaments. Please, if you love animals, avoid this place. Go on an eco tour or watch a documentery. There is something infinitely more rewarding about catching a glimpse of a wild animal in its natural habitat. Quit taking the magic out of nature.
  • Lots of animals to see. They have big enclosures so it doesn't seem cruel. There's a lack of staff though. I saw some people poking sticks into the monkey cage, and there was nobody there to stop them. Don't miss the raptors bird show. It's amazing.
  • The GV Zoo has a long history of negligence and early deaths. A very small percentage of their income goes to "conservation" and "research", and certainly no breakthrough research in enriching the lives of our fellow earthlings is being done. The animals are bored and sad, and the enclosures are unkempt. In this day and age, do we really need wild animals to suffer for human enjoyment. It's exploitation, and trying to paint it as something else is akin to putting lipstick on a pig. These days, I refuse to take the children I love here, when there are so many other options available that better serve both their education and animals' well being. Go up Grouse Mountain. Go Whale Watching on a boat. Go to a Sanctuary. Take a nature walk or hike in any of our scenic parks or trails. Going to the zoo reeks of laziness, ignorance and arrogance. Let's evolve as a society and choose a more compassionate and sustainable future with our entertainment dollars - for the earth and for ALL its inhabitants.
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