Two births that marked 2017

As we review all the events of 2017, we look back at two births that marked the year:

Coumba: the 17th baby hippopotamus to be born at the zoo!

The 2017 Spring Break started out great with the birth of a hippopotamus on February 27. It was the 17th to be born at the zoo since 1973 and the sixth offspring for Polita, a zoo resident since the year 2000. Coumba spent his first weeks with Mom, away from the public eye, as they remained in their indoor quarters, but now he loves to strut about in the main basin. He can be observed in summer as much as in winter, along with his parents, Polita and Kiboko. Although baby hippos weigh between 30 kg and 50 kg at birth, Coumba will quintuple his weight to reach 250 kg by the time we will celebrate his first birthday!

Sakura: Our little macaque delivered by caesarian!

A few weeks later, Zoo de Granby welcomed a little Japanese macaque, born thanks to a caesarian successfully performed by the zoo’s animal care team. A couple of days before the birth, the zookeepers had noticed that one of the Japanese macaques, a female named Zoé, was showing signs that she might be going into labour. However, the following day there was still no baby to be seen. The female was visibly uncomfortable and weak, so an examination under general anesthesia was quickly planned in order to evaluate the situation. Through an ultrasound scan, the veterinarian care team was able to determine that the baby was alive but unable to come out naturally. They then decided to perform an emergency Caesarian! The veterinarians, animal health technicians and the Asian sector zookeepers worked together to complete this necessary surgery as quickly as possible. This is how a little 386-gram female was born last April 11. Today little Sakura is in great health and has taken her place within her clan!


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

Samantha Hope

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

Mario Sevo

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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