Remember when there was a Zoo in Stanley Park? Monkeys, nocturnal critters, kangaroos, and polar bears. There was horseback riding and those little penguins that would swim up and glide down a slide into their own little pool.
The Stanley Park Zoo is now walking trails, although a small petting zoo still remains near the train where you can get chased by kids (either way).
There was also the “Game Farm” in Aldergrove which, in later years, changed its name to the “Greater Vancouver Zoo“. I remember riding Tina the elephant and watching lions in tall grass in the distance. The GVZoo has had its share of problems, most recently involving the housing conditions of the Hippo – famous for its Telus commercials.
This morning it was announced that the GVZoo has been re-accredited:
The Aldergrove facility has been re-accredited by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums. That accreditation was yanked back in 2004, over concerns about living conditions.
The Zoo tells the Vancouver Sun, it means a lot to have it back but administrators hope it will also mean a lot to the general public. [News 1330]
Honestly, even the animals in the livestock barns at the PNE kinda scare me so it’s not an issue of if I would enjoy going to them anymore. However, this is a huge issue for most people, around the world.
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