Scientific Studies Carried Out at the Zoo de Granby

How zoos define animal welfare has evolved and has greatly expanded over the years. We have gone from animals that “survive in captivity” to healthy animals that reproduce themselves, protected from stressful environments and the changes brought about by the modern world. More recently, the conservation and research department of the Zoo de Granby has been concentrating part of its research on animal welfare by studying natural behaviours, cognitive stimulation and selection processes with certain species.

3 Research Projects

Over the past few years, collaboration with Concordia University has made it possible to pursue such research projects at the Zoo de Granby.

A first master’s research study was completed in 2016 and examined a group of Japanese macaques before and after their merger with another group and their move into a new habitat. These changes caused a lot of turmoil in the hierarchy of the clan.
After a rather turbulent period, the macaques showed signs of habituation behaviours to their new environment and of hierarchal stability settling in. Since then, three new births have been registered!

A second subject explored the effects of “open” design habitats, that is, enclosures with no physical barriers between the visitors and the animals. The case in point concerns the kangaroos and wallabies of the Zoo de Granby. Three zoos, one in Quebec, one in Ontario and one in the United States, were visited for this study. By analyzing the animals’ behavioural data and by questioning visitors, the conclusion they came to, was that “open” design enclosures improved the visitors’ experience without compromising the well-being of the animals.

Next came a study of the social dynamics of Caribbean flamingoes in order to help them with their reproduction. Hundreds of hours spent observing the zoo’s flock, allowed researchers to determine that flamingoes react to several environmental factors. Among these, they noted the size and composition of the group, as well as the more or less stable pairings as being factors that can diminish their reproductive success. Since then, actions have been implemented to optimize the well-being of the birds, therefore demonstrating that these researches do have a very real impact.

Finally, this summer, a master’s research project began studying the impact of noise on the welfare of animals. Tapes playing audible sounds and ultrasounds (only heard by some animals) with special detectors will allow researchers to establish a “sound map” inside the zoo. Five feline species will be examined to analyze if the noise level in their environment is enough to modify their behaviour.

Research truly helps to support the animal-care department and the veterinary team who monitors the physical, reproductive and psychological health of our residents.

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Mario Sevo

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

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

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 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

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

Samantha Hope