The Zoo de Granby's mission is to offer an enriching, entertaining and educational experience aimed at creating animal conservation awareness for a diverse clientele of all ages.

Accreditations

The Zoo de Granby is one of only six institutions in Canada to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA – www.aza.org).

The Zoo de Granby is also accredited by Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA - www.caza.ca).

Moreover, the zoo is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA -www.waza.org), becoming the first in Quebec and the sixth in Canada.

A bit of history

The Zoo de Granby was founded by Mr. Pierre-Horace Boivin, a man who deeply influenced the course of the City of Granby’s history. Granby’s mayor (1939 to 1964) and one of its great industrialists, he also started up the City’s daily newspaper, La Voix de l’Est.

Pierre-Horace Boivin had always loved animals. As a youth he owned half a dozen dogs that he had trained. He then cared for horses and a goat born with only three legs. His collection of animals gradually increased.

He undertook the construction of the Zoo shortly following his election as mayor of Granby. In 1944 he convinced three of his friends to give him a piece of land running along Bourget Street; it didn’t take long before the Zoo de Granby was short on space. The need for this first expansion was due to Mr. Boivin’s habit of asking his hosts during his travels for an animal to place in his Zoo.

Mr. Boivin was offered a solution in 1953. 

Mr. Boivin had however found the perfect site: a 60-acre plot of land that the Notre-Dame parish granted him.

That same year, the Zoo was officially transferred to the Granby Zoological Society, which then handled its management, its development and its move to the present site.

The zoo does not lack in anecdotes: Ambika, the baby elephant given to the children of Granby by Jawaharlal Nerhu, who was the prime minister of India from 1947 to 1964; the beavers given to Prince Rainier as a wedding present; the orphaned giraffe from the Copenhagen Zoo adopted by the Zoo de Granby…

For Mr. Boivin, each occasion was a good opportunity to highlight his city and enrich the zoo’s population.

Major construction projects multiplied, the zoo’s population diversified and the visitors poured in. The Granby Zoological Garden earned its stripes and became a major tourist attraction in Quebec.

The Zoo de Granby celebrated its 60th birthday in 2013.

Awards and achievements

2016

  • Coup d’éclat! Award in the Television Advertising or Video Advertising – Operating Budget of $500,000 or more Category
  • Finalist at the Prix Coup d’éclat Awards organized by the Société des attractions touristiques du Québec / Festivals & Événements Québec in the following categories:
    • Promotional Billboard – Entreprise with an operating budget of more than $500,000
    • Website and strategy
  • The Zoo collaborated to the L’Art d’imiter la nature; le biomimétisme book that won the prestigious 2016 Hubert-Reeves Award for the best science book of the year in Quebec.


  • The Public’s Coup de cœur Award (thus, 1st place) given by the Association des communicateurs scientifiques for its Initiation Project in Animal Behavior developped for the PAJE Project.


2015

  • Top award for advertising of a cultural event given by the Grands prix de la commandite 2015 for its Dans Un Jardin enormous bubble bath equipped with a foam cannon
  • Certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor (4.5 stars)

2014

  • Animal Enrichment Award bestowed by CAZA for the effective creation and operation of an enrichment committee
  • Colonel G.D. Dailley Conservation Award for the monitoring of nests and the incubation of spiny softshell turtle eggs in Lake Champlain
  • Ranked #8 in the top 15 tourist attractions in Quebec for summer traffic
  • Certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor (4.5 stars)
  • Finalist at the Gala Prix Distinction of the Chambre de commerce Haute-Yamaska et région in the retail business category – Large corporations

2013

  • Thomas R. Baines Award, given by the Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums organization for the South Pacific Odyssey Pavilion
  • Joanne Lalumière, recipient of the Prix PDG Vert 2013, medium-sized business category; competition organized by Trebora Conseil & Les Affaires
  • Winner of the Mercuriades 2013, in the Contribution to regional and economic development category - Large corporation
  • Winner of the Mercuriades 2013, Sustainable development category – Large corporation

Board of Directors

  • Caroline Fauteux, President
  • Francis Pelletier, 1st Vice-President 
  • Réal Deslauriers, 2nd Vice-President
  • Mario Gariépy, Treasurer
  • Marie Benoit, Board Member
  • Roland Choinière, Board Member
  • Michel Delorme, Board Member
  • Marc Filion, Board Member
  • Joëlle Francoeur, Board Member
  • Gilles Larivière, Board Member
  • Sylvia Morin, Board Member
  • Serge Bernier, Past President 


Management Staff

Paul Gosselin, Chief Executive Officer

In alphabetical order: 

  • Marjolaine Beaulieu, Director of Finances
  • Benoit Chabot, Director of the Fondation du Jardin zoologique de Granby and of Business Development for the Zoo de Granby
  • Mireille Forand, Executive Assistant
  • Karl Fournier, Director of Animal Care
  • Samuel Grenier, Director of Guest Services
  • Laurent Guilbault, Director of Human Resources
  • Stéphane Larrivée, Director of Development, Construction & Maintenance
  • Patrick Paré, Director of Conservation & Research
  • Élaine Plamondon, Director of Sales, Marketing & Communications