Working to protect Gorillas

Since 2015, Zoo de Granby has been involved in the preservation of gorillas in the southern part of Cameroon, in Campo Ma’an National Park where almost 700 of these powerful primates live along with chimpanzees, elephants, buffaloes and other emblematic African animal species. 

There are fewer than 200,000 Western Lowlands gorillas spread throughout six Central African countries. Although they have undeniable physical strength, these great apes are confronted by several threats that endanger their existence, such as the loss of habitat, poaching and deadly diseases.

By opening new mines, developing agroforestry and logging activities and building roads to take workers to different endeavours, animals have seen their habitats fragmented or, in fact, completely destroyed. These economic ventures have attracted a growing number of workers and have also made it easier for poachers to reach their prey. Since these changes have been implemented, access to the forest and therefore to gorillas has made it easy to commit these illegal acts. Gorillas are hunted for their meat and for the sale of their young on the black market.
Finally, humans are known vectors for all kinds of diseases which can be transmitted, because of our genetic proximity, to primates such as gorillas or chimpanzees. A simple human cold can have much more dramatic consequences for primates!

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is responsible for the ecological monitoring of gorillas residing in the Campo Ma’an Park in Cameroon. Several important conservation agencies as well as Central African governments have prioritized this 240,000-hectare protected territory (5 times the size of the Parc de la Mauricie) for the specific protection of gorillas. Zoo de Granby supports their activities financially, supplies equipment for animal trackers and field scientists as well as offering its own practical infield expertise. In fact, during the upcoming months, a zoo staff member will be working alongside them, bringing technical support for the ecological monitoring of these magnificent, yet highly endangered, primates.

Testimonials

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

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

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

Boris Kosov

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

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

Mario Sevo

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

Samantha Hope

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

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