Granby, December 19, 2016 – Zoo de Granby, surrounded by many friends and partners, today inaugurated its newest endeavour for the 2016-2017 winter season: A new refrigerated skating rink has been set in the heart of our zoo’s Village. Working with its partners Synerglace Canada, the 300 m2 ice surface will be accessible from December 26 to March 12, despite the whims of Mother Nature. Adjacent to the new facility, an authentic Mongolian Yurt serves as locale for skating equipment rentals, as well as for the sale of some restaurant items. Even Yowie the Yeti will be on the ice every day at 2:00 p.m., weather permitting.
The Zoo in Winter means 90% of the animal collection at 50% of the summer rate!
The Zoo in Winter has been in operation for the past 10 years, offering young and old a uniquely magical experience!
Did you know that our animals live at the zoo all year round? Since the majority of our animal collection is made up of exotic species found mainly in Africa, South America and Oceania, the zoo’s visitors are astonished to discover that many of them truly appreciate the winter months! Many species were selected for their ability to endure the cold because of the general harshness of our own Quebec winters. We tend to forget that different areas in Asia and South America also see their temperatures drop below zero several months during the year. Therefore, Zoo de Granby shelters animals that adapt well to our climate: the Japanese Macaque, the Amur tiger and leopard, the snow leopard, yaks, the Himalayan Thar and bear, etc. These animals remain outdoors in winter and are beautiful to admire in the snow! As for our other animals, although their natural habitats are not northern, their adaptation to the cold is still quite possible. This is true for our zebras; just as horses, they grow a thicker coat allowing them to withstand much colder days.
So, we dress warmly this winter and if it snows we switch from baby carriages to sleighs! It’s truly an ideal opportunity to see 90% of the animals of the zoo, at 50% of the summer rate!
Winter Rally and Animated Encounters
All along the paths, visitors are invited to participate in a rally about how animals adapt to winter. Through 12 interactive stations, guests will be able to test their knowledge by taking on different challenges, by answering questions and by using their senses to find answers! At our Discovery Hut, Alcide will be ready to have his picture taken from noon until 3:00 p.m. Our public animators will also be returning for about twenty days during the winter.
The Holiday Season at the zoo with the Super Wings!
Throughout the Holidays, from December 26 to January 8, Super Wings Jett and Dizzy will be on hand to meet with the little ones at the Village and at the rink. In collaboration with Import Dragons, our younger clientele who collect their miniatures and follow their adventures on television, will be amazed by these popular characters.
Discounts for Boxing Zoo only on December 26
Monday, December 26 only, to mark the opening of the Zoo in Winter, take advantage of several discounts online and at the zoo!
- Purchase one-day tickets for only $9.99 (plus taxes), a saving of more than 50%. Some conditions apply*.
*Discount applicable to regular priced tickets (13 to 64 years of age) and children (from 3 to 12 years of age). Online purchases only. Ticket purchases made at the Zoo de Granby box office will be at the regular price. A maximum of 6 tickets per person. These tickets are valid from December 26 to April 17, 2017, except for the period covering the spring school break, from February 27 to March 12, 2017.
Discounts at the Zoo:
- 15% discount on all regular priced items purchased at the boutique La Brocante.
- The following items will be reduced to $0.99 (plus taxes) at the restaurant Le Marché: Fries (small size), corn dogs, hot dogs, fountain drinks.
New this year, Zoo de Granby will be open every day during the schools’ spring breaks from February 27 to March 12, 2017, and will also be open during Easter weekend.
Check out the complete schedule.
- Every day: From December 26, 2016, until January 17, 2017.
- Only on weekends: From January 14 to April 17, 2017.
- Every day during the spring break from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Regular (13 to 64 years of age): $21.95
- Children (3 to 12 years of age): $13.95
- Toddlers (2 years old): $5.95
- Seniors (65 years and older): $18.95
- Infants (less than 2 years old): Free
- Package for 4 people (2 pers. 13 years and older and 2 children between 2 and 12 years of age): $62.95
- Winter subscription: $35.00 (groups of 4 or more, online only)
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