A Horror Story for Bats

A fungus that penetrates the skin while the victim is asleep and kills it by draining all its energy! Enough to give you the shivers? Sadly, this macabre description corresponds to what North American bats are truly experiencing. They’re victims of the White Nose Syndrome (WNS).

Since this disease first appeared in Quebec in 2010, five of our eight bat species have suffered a dramatic drop in their numbers (between 12 and 98%). Certain colonies known for decades have simply disappeared. For this reason, it has become extremely important to protect the surviving bats. Here are some actions we must take:

• Never disturb a bat colony;
• Keep hollowed out trees and install bat dorms to offer them a shelter;
• Do not use pesticides;
• Lower outdoor lighting;
• Don’t enter abandoned caves or mines (this is also for your own safety);
• Register the colonies you discover by going to the following website: batwatch.ca;
• Call the Zoo de Granby’s winter shelter for bats if you find one between November and April.

Of course, you should never touch a bat because some might carry the rabies virus. If this should happen, you must immediately contact a health professional, or call Info-Santé 811.

A reportage of La Semaine Verte with our biologist colleagues from the Ministère de la Forêt, de la Faune et des Parcs giving you more in-depth information about the bats’ current situation in Quebec is available by clicking here.


Testimonials

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

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 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

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

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

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