Fauna Builders

Here, in Quebec, every year since 1971, more than 120,000 workers leave their construction sites to enjoy a restful 2-week break known as “The Construction Holidays.”

This well-deserved vacation has given us our own time to pause and pay tribute to the work of not only our builders, but also the discreet builders of the animal world. What if we held an Olympian event for fauna builders? Who do you think would take all the honours? Here is our own Zoo de Granby ranking for the best positions.

The Bronze Medal goes to: The Beaver

A stubborn and tireless worker, the beaver builds dams in order to maintain the entrance of its underwater lodge and to have an easier access to trees, its raw material!

The dam is made with specially selected, ingeniously intertwined wood sections, set against the water current and cemented with mud, rocks and vegetation. The widest beaver dam in the world was discovered in 2010 by a biologist (thanks to Google Earth!) in Wood Buffalo Park in Alberta. It measures 850 metres (2,800 feet) and was built over the span of several generations of beavers since the ’70s.

The Silver Medal goes to: The Termite

Like a solid geyser, the exterior part of a termite mound, or its chimney, is spectacular and can reach up to several metres in height. Quite impressive as we learn that the whole thing is made with clay mixed with the saliva of a 5 to 8-millimetre insects! These structures permit heat to escape from the underground nest, thus allowing its minuscule inhabitants to survive in these otherwise hostile regions: We can therefore credit termites for being the inventors of air conditioning!

The Gold Medal goes to: Polyps

The gold medal goes without a doubt to polyps who, relentlessly and with great patience build structures that can be seen from space! With sac-like bodies, these minuscule animals group together and build a hard and calcareous skeleton known as coral. Thousands, even millions of polyps methodically build their structures, piling on those of past generations, forming reefs measuring hundreds of metres in length. These reefs harbour 25% of all aquatic life and protect shorelines from powerful breaking waves. The polyp, on many levels, is a true champion of nature!

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Boris Kosov