Granby, September 19, 2018 - The Zoo de Granby has just received the Peter Karsten Conservation Award for its conservation and improvement projects at the Boisés-Miner during the annual convention for Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums in Cambridge, Ontario, last week. Paul Gosselin, the zoo’s General Director, is delighted: “It’s a great honour for the Granby Zoo to be recognized by its peers. Conservation is at the heart of our mission and we are happy that our efforts have been noticed by the industry.”

Since 2014, the Zoo de Granby acts as a scientific consultant and collaborator in the conservation of the Boisés-Miner, a 124-hectare protected forest in the city of Granby, who is also its owner. In addition to being very popular with hikers, this site is of the utmost importance to the region both from an ecological and a historical standpoint. In collaboration with different partners, the Zoo has developed a wide-ranging project aiming to better understand the animals and plants living there and to inform the citizens about its preservation.

A Three-Part Project
2014 to 2016: make an inventory of the fauna and flora, understand the ecological value of the Boisés-Miner. That’s over 144 species of plants and 124 animal species identified. 2016 to 2017: inform visitors of the richness of the park’s biodiversity with the help of informative billboards, a map of trails and the building of birdhouses and bat houses. 2017-2018: involve directly the neighbouring citizens of the Boisés-Miner thanks to a personalized partnering project during which the Zoo would suggest concrete actions to help the park’s conservation efforts.

Getting Zoos Involved in Nature
With this project, the Zoo de Granby, with its partners, is making a concrete difference in the conservation of such a natural setting. From the acquisition to the transmission of knowledge, the zoo reiterates its leading role and demonstrate the ways in which zoos must play a key part in animal conservation, by using their expertise to ensure the preservation of the natural areas that surround them and to have a real impact on its community.

The Zoo de Granby is a non-profit organization, founded in 1953. Its mission is to offer an enriching, entertaining and educational experience aimed at creating animal conservation awareness for a diverse clientele of all ages. During its peak tourist season, it employs over 700 people. The direct and indirect economic fallout for the Zoo de Granby is evaluated at $50M annually, an increase of more than 75% since 2004.

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Testimonials

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

Mario Sevo

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

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

Samantha Hope

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 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

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