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.