Training, the main focus of our zookeepers' jobs!

At Zoo de Granby, animal training is an integral part of our zookeepers’ job and is considered as being one of the fundamental tasks to complete for all our animal species.

Why is this so important? First, we must understand that our animal residents don’t have to face the same challenges as those who live in their natural environment. In the wild, they all have their own primary needs to answer: They all have to hunt for food, protect themselves from predators, watch over and care for their territory, etc. Since these primary needs are taken care of within a zoo setting, we must compensate for their lack of exercise and stimuli through other activities. This is why we incorporate training sessions in our enrichment program, which aims at increasing mental stimulation, promoting physical fitness, encouraging cooperative behaviours when receiving daily cares and medical procedures, thus improving their general well-being. Of course secondary objectives are also added to these essential ones: For example, our educational components (for the purpose of public presentations), our research and conservation components (for reproduction) or other components to offer special experiences to our visitors (camel rides, for instance).

It is also important to understand that our organization’s philosophy concerning animal training aims to teach them to obey certain specific commands through a trusting relationship created with the help of positive reinforcements. This way, we can work with the voluntary collaboration of our animals, who might, according to their mood and the choices they have, decide to interrupt a training session. Our working methods have obtained impressive results for our zoo keepers and their pupils.

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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