Winter at Granby Zoo – Second Edition

2008-12-16, from Member
Granby, December 15, 2008 – Following last year’s resounding success, Granby Zoo will open its doors again this year on December 26 for the second consecutive winter.

Animal lovers will once again have access to the Zoo and be able to see most of the residents usually shown to the public, even though its winter.

Amur tigers, snow leopards, Himalayan bears, llamas, alpacas, Andean condors, red-crowned cranes, Japanese macaques are all species that are familiar with cold weather in their natural habitat and have adapted very well to the Quebec climate.

Species you might not expect to see in a snowy setting such as ostriches, Bennett’s wallabies (from the same family as kangaroos) and camels will also be expecting company.

At the Temple, the Afrika Pavilion, the Hippos’ River and La Caverne, visitors are welcomed inside by animals enjoying the warmth of their shelters; the same goes for the flamingos, the ring-tailed lemurs, and the meerkats whose quarters allow visitors to watch them from outside.

One of the Zoo’s most popular attractions is, without a doubt, the Elephants’ Pavilion. Young and old are always impressed by the winter quarters of the elephants and giraffes. Naturalist guides are always on site to answer any question visitors might have.

This year, a family activities area, including a slide, has been set up.

Full restaurant services are available on site, including a pasta bar. Visitors can rent a stroller or take a pony or camel ride for a small additional charge.

An Animated Zoo

Animal keepers and naturalist guides will take turns this winter to provide on-site activities; several are planned for each day.

La Hutte à découvertes, a ‘wildlife’ playroom, will open each day at noon to allow visitors to learn more about the animal kingdom. In addition to presiding over scientific as well as recreational activities, naturalist guides will introduce some of their animals inside as well as outdoors. Snow White will surely become one of this winter’s favourites; she has all of the required qualities since she is a Snowy Owl.

The animal keepers, in addition to their presentation at the Elephants’ Pavilion (1:30 pm), with the gorillas at the Afrika Pavilion (2:15 pm), at the Temple in the South American World (3:00 pm) and in the Eye of the Tiger (3:45 pm), are proposing new activities. The alpacas and the camel will be strolling amongst the visitors. When the weather permits, the elephants will also get some fresh air in their outside enclosure with their keeper. Snack time is also on the schedule as ring-tailed lemurs, caribous, African clawless otters, and the spectacled bear will enjoy a bite to eat in front of visitors. Let’s not leave out our mascot, Alcide the hippo, a favourite attraction of young visitors, who will be donning his snow pants and delivering hugs.

The Holidays

The Zoo will be in full Holidays mode from December 26 to January 5.
Choirs will be performing at least twice each day, between 11 am and 2:30 pm, December 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 as well as January 2, 3 and 4.

From December 26 to 30 inclusively: Montreal’s Quatuor les Esprits du Nord;
January 2nd: Granby’s Ensemble Vocal Plus;
January 3rd: Ontario’s Chorale Canadienne Sensation;
January 4th: Montreal’s Ensemble vocal le Ti-Chœur.

From December 26 to 29 inclusively, the animal keepers will introduce assorted objects to arouse the interest of their residents. These enrichment sessions are frequent at Granby Zoo but during the Holidays, the objects offered will have a Christmas theme and treats (fruits, vegetables for some, bones and meat for others) will be distributed under different guises: Christmas stocking, Christmas tree, Christmas present, etc.

Also, as is the custom, Rudolph, Santa’s reindeer, will be back at the Zoo for its opening on December 26 after a hard night’s work. The game keeper of the Savannah has also decorated his refuge for Christmas and other countries, such as South America, celebrate the Nativity. There is no doubt that the magic of the Holidays will also be present at Granby Zoo.
Winter Schedule

Open daily
From December 26, 2008 to January 5, 2009
10 am to 5 pm
Open weekends only
From January 10 to February 15, 2009
10 am to 5 pm
Open daily
From February 21 to March 8, 2009
10 am to 5 pm

Admission
Regular (13 to 64 years old): $ 17.59 *
Children (3 to 12 years old): $ 10.99 *
Infants (under 3): Free
Seniors (65 years old and over): $ 13.59 *

4-Person Package : $ 49.99 *
(2 persons 13 years and older and 2 children from 3 to 12 years old)

* Plus taxes

For additional information, visit www.zoodegranby.com  

Source:
Catherine Page
Director of communications
(450) 372-9113 ext 2119
cell : (450) 830-2119
cpage@zoodegranby.com  

 
 

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