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Birth by caesarian of a japanese macaque 

Granby May 1st, 2017
— The delivery by caesarian of a Japanese macaque was performed successfully at Zoo de Granby last month, thanks to the animal care team of our the zoo.

A few days before giving birth, our zookeepers noticed that one of the Japanese macaques, a female named Zoé, was showing signs that she might be going into labour soon. However, the following morning, there was still no baby to be seen. The female was visibly weak and uncomfortable, therefore an examination under anesthesia was quickly planned to evaluate the situation. Using an ultrasound scan, the veterinary care team noticed that the baby was alive but was incapable of coming out naturally. They then carried out an emergency caesarian! The veterinaries, animal care technicians and the Asian sector zookeepers worked together to complete the necessary surgery as quickly as possible. This is how a small, 386-gram female came into the world by caesarian last April 11.

Zoé, the mom, is doing well and is recuperating rapidly. She was even returned to the group of 14 macaques this week. Since the mom can’t produce any milk, the baby must be bottle-fed by our animal care givers. As soon as possible, she too will be integrated into a group of fellow macaques in order to encourage the development of social behaviours specific to the species. Then, in a little while, she will be introduced to the whole family!

About the Japanese Macaque

The Japanese Macaque is the northern most primate in the world. Its natural habitat is located in Japan, on the main island and on a few surrounding islands as well. The Japanese macaques would be among the most inventive of the macaque species as well as having the fastest learning ability. The Japanese macaque is also quite popular in the primate research field. During the summer of 2016, the zoo, in partnership with the University of Concordia, completed a research project examining the impact of visitors and that of a new habitat on Japanese macaques. Hundreds of hours of observation were necessary for this type of behavioural study.

About Zoo de Granby

The Zoo de Granby is a non-profit organization founded in 1953 with the mission of offering its clientele of all ages a rich, entertaining and educational experience aiming at creating awareness for animal conservation throughout the world. The zoo does not receive any subsidies for its operations. It employs close to 750 people at the height of its tourist season. The direct and indirect economic benefits have been evaluated at more than $50 M annually, an increase of 75% since 2004.


First time visiting here on our annual summer week in Québec. We went for the 2 day family pass, and had an amazing time. The 2 days allowed us to take our time around the park, and gave plenty of time as well for cooling off at the Amazoo. We'll definitely come back!

JR Bélanger

We had an excellent time! We have not been in over 10 years and are so glad we went! The park is clean. The food was well priced for a theme park. We loved the Dinozoo! We have terrible French speaking abilities but appreciated your courteous and friendly staff, we felt welcome!

Bonnie Diane

What a great time. Would definitely go again. The zoo care takers are amazing at what they do and so friendly. I would recommend if you have never gone it's a bucket list. Oh and don't forget to go and pet the sting rays.

Jamie Krichtoff

A good place for family outing with zoo, water park and rides all at one place. All the attractions are conveniently placed very close to each other. Food court is good too and you can also bring in your lunch.

Anand Bharadwaj Aryasomayajula

Our whole family attended yesterday. It was absolutely spectacular. We had a fantastic time! Thanks for the memories!

Samantha Hope

Amazing place to take the family! Lots of animals to see, amazing water park and fun rides. Great packages available with hotels close by for out of town visitors. Highly recommend!

Paul Winch

It's the 3rd year in a row that my family and I visit this Zoo. Even though it was during the busiest day they had this year, we were able to visit everything and fully enjoy the experience. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit cause they have an amazing wave pool!

Éric Trudel

Amazing place. Perfect for the whole family. They constantly improve their environments and animals collection.

Boris Kosov

I had an amazing time here with my family! My kids absolutely loved it. Amazing experience :)

Mario Sevo

Our family absolutely enjoyed our day! There was so much to do! Park was very clean and staff was very friendly and helpful with any questions!!! We plan on going next year and making it a weekend trip so that we can enjoy the whole park!

Crystal Wilson

We love going to the zoo. (…) Most of the animals were out and the grandkids were thrilled. I'd never been to the Dinozoo before and I thought it was pretty cool especially with the movement and sounds. The design is great in that it's seperated and all goes back to the center.

Stephen Eyton-Jones