The Zoo de Granby promotes the use of responsible means of transportation as much so for its employees as for its clientele. 75 % of the vehicle fleet used by its employees is rated as having a low environmental impact; among these, about twenty bicycles, in fact, encourage physical exercising as well. Electric carts are used on the site to ensure internal deliveries and certain employee commutes. Purchases completed in local businesses are combined to limit trips. Finally, the Zoo de Granby compensates GHGs produced by animal transportation [arrivals/departures] by tree planting donations in the Eastern Townships.
Our clientele also benefits from different alternatives for their commute to the zoo site: a bus service, from Montreal, serves the zoological garden; community transportation is also available for the population of Granby. The owners of electric cars can use one of the 8 charging stations available at all times in the public parking area.
With 3 public pools, water slides, 11 aquariums, a hippopotamus river and many water points, the Zoo de Granby must ensure strict monitoring of its potable water consumption. Among the control measures it has implemented, all the filtration systems for its pools, aquariums, and basins, operate in a closed circuit, that is, dirty water is recuperated, filtered then returned into the system. A team of technicians is specifically assigned to monitor and adjust all the filtration systems. They must ensure that these systems are optimal; By doing so, they are also ensuring the health and wellbeing of our clientele … and our animal collection, while limiting water consumption.
Furthermore, our maintenance team ensures a thorough weekly control to be able to quickly detect any pipe leaks and problems with the surveillance systems.
Whether it’s for heating, lighting or filtering, the Zoo de Granby counts on different energy sources to ensure its operations throughout the year. More than 60% of its energy is consumed in the form of hydroelectricity, a type of energy which contributes to only 1% of greenhouse gas emissions in Quebec.
Since 2006, geothermal wells have also multiplied on several work sites: about a hundred wells feed the site overall with 16 of them serving only the South Pacific Odyssey building. Geothermal energy uses the constant temperature of the earth for air conditioning in summer and for heating in winter; geothermal energy also allows us to save up 60% of our heating costs.
Residual Waste Materials
*Waste material can be defined as being material or a product that has been abandoned or one that a person intends to abandon.
A little more than 80% of the site’s residual waste materials are sent to landfills!
Our animal manure represents a large portion of this waste, about 1,700 tons. This material is recuperated and valorized by a local farmer who composts it.
With over 800,000 clients moving about on the zoo grounds, recuperation bins for residual materials are strategically placed on the site and in the parking areas, and information poster facilitate placing these materials in the proper bins. Internal awareness programs also encourage our employees to reduce their consumption and to get rid of waste materials properly. Finally, waste characterization operations are completed biannually to establish an inventory of the zoo visitors’ residual waste management habits and to determine which actions should be taken to diminish their overall volume.
Biodiversity and Ecology
Just as Noah’s Arch, the zoo’s mission is to protect, enhance and preserve the animal kingdom. To reach these goals, the Zoo participates in about forty in-captivity reproduction programs which preserve the genetic diversity of many threatened species, among them the Amur leopard, the Amur Tiger, etc. These programs are coordinated by independent agencies that promote best practices for zoological environments.
A Zoo the Granby team is currently actively involved in the protection and enhancement of a natural environment in the Granby area: the Boisé Miner. The Zoo conducts wildlife inventories and contributes to the protection of this natural environment by raising citizen awareness and by developing ecological trails.