Edmonton Valley Zoo, Edmonton
Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Opened in 1959, Edmonton Valley Zoo houses 350 exotic and native animals across its many indoor and outdoor exhibits. Situated along the North Saskatchewan River, the zoo is small, making for a more intimate visit. The zoo has replicated an arctic shoreline and showcases appropriate animals for this habitat. With recent conservation initiatives and endangered species networks, the zoo is taking steps to improve upon its sometimes criticized past. Check reviews before visiting. To visit Edmonton Valley Zoo and get the most from your holiday in Edmonton, create itinerary details personal to you using our Edmonton travel itinerary maker.
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compared to other zoos which we have visited it is not as nice or have the same variety of animals, but it is in a pretty harsh winter climate which i think is why. we prefer the zoo in calgary.
The animals they had available were all tucked away, or unavailable. There was a lot of construction on the place. What we were able to see was nice however. It would have been even better to have kno... read more »
nice to take your kids out for a day but not what you expect for a zoo in the capital of AB where you are close to the mountains and all this wild life, could be rated as 2 stars in comparison to worl... read more »
Escape from the city traffic and enjoy a refreshing walk through a wonderfully treed and landscaped oasis at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The Zoo is getting better every time we visit. The animal habitats are becoming more spacious and a greater emphasis is being placed on preserving endangered species and providing education on world wildlife. One of the prettiest spots in Edmonton, a real jewel!
When you enter the Zoo it looks promising, the map has a full list of animals anyone wants to see, the first thing we wanted to see were some of the more exciting animals, their enclosures were of good standard, although most of the big cats were asleep that isn't the zoos fault, cats love their sleep. When going towards some of the enclosures furthest away from the entrance I couldn't help but notice they seemed to simply be a fence around a hill in most cases and the animals looked depressed. The birds living conditions were terrible in my opinion, all of them were sat very low to the ground with no space whatsoever to fly, the most I saw were them jumping from one rock to the next, how you can expect creatures like bald eagles to have space smaller than my bedroom astounds me. The Meerkats had two enclosures, which I thought was cool at first, those who had been excluded by the rest of the Meerkats were put together outside and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves, then I saw those who had not been excluded, indoors surrounded by fake trees and rocks, bunched up by the door as you could clearly see they wanted out of their indoor prison. I have never been so upset seeing animals treated with such disregard just to bring in more dollars, I would rather see large enclosures for animals, even if that means the animals are not up against the fence meaning you cannot see them, these are living creatures, treat them that way. Will not be returning.
Good things: -Price is decent, for about 31$ an adult and two kids can enter the facilities, also you can buy a pass for the entire year. -The urban farm is a good place where kids can pet some domestic animals. -There's an Asian Elephant that do a walk each day, and at about 2PM you can see it outside of the cage. -There's a couple of ice cream kiosk, one cafe at the entrance, a restaurant inside, ATM. -Overall the Zoo is clean and there's a good clearance on the outside path, also it's accessible for limited mobility people. -This is a good place to bring kids. Things this zoo can improve: -Some animals are hard to see because of the design of the cage. -The birds are not in a living like environment, seing a great bald eagle in a cage 8 feet high, I've seen better for those types of birds. -I've found the exhibition inside the buildings too jammed of people, maybe doing a one way path would resolve this issue. Bottom line: A good afternoon activities, there's enough things to see to do about two hours of walk.
I've been going to this zoo since I can remember. The renovations and changes they have been making recently are incredible. The animals are better cared for and easier to observe. The amount of information about the animals is also abundant and clear. The best part of their operations is the small shows they put on that allow you to see the animals up close and learn how they are cared for at the zoo.
I love the Edmonton zoo. They are always making improvements to the zoo. My son and I go at least 3 times a year we do not get bored. He loves to keep an eye out for Lucy.
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