Winter at Zoo de Granby
Did you know that all our zoo residents continue to live on-site even during the winter months? For more than 10 years, we’ve been welcoming visitors to experience Zoo de Granby in a new way and by doing so, have them discover facets of the zoo otherwise inaccessible to them.
Many Animals Actually Love Snow
The zoo’s collection includes mainly exotic animals such as species normally found in Africa, Asia, South America and in Oceania. However, you’ll be astonished to learn that winter is a season that quite a few animals truly enjoy!
Many animal species of the zoo were selected for their ability to survive the cold weather of our harsh winters. Keeping this in mind, we prioritize species originally from areas of Asia and South America where temperatures go down below freezing for several months throughout the year. For example, Zoo de Granby houses Asian species that have adapted very well to Quebec’s climate: Japanese macaques, Amur tigers, snow leopards, yaks, Himalayan tahrs as well as Himalayan bears, etc. Llamas and alpacas from South America must also withstand high altitude cold weather in their natural habitats. These animals remain outside and are beautiful to admire in a winter landscape.
Many Animals Can Adapt Themself to our Climate
Some animals are able to adapt to the cold even if their natural habitat isn’t Nordic. This is the case for zebras; These animals, just as horses, develop coats that help them withstand colder days.
As for the others, we try hard to make the weeks spent indoors as comfortable as possible. Many animals have quarters in which we were able to recreate weather conditions and humidity factors they would normally experience in their natural environments. Visitors can enjoy them by entering the different pavilions where they can take advantage of the temperature to warm themselves as well!