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  1. snowleopard

    snowleopard Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Having spent several months compiling an exhaustive list of 670 zoos throughout the United States it took me only a couple of days to complete the research for my home nation of Canada. Even though in my lifetime I've visited 210 American zoos I feel rather embarrassed to admit that I've only toured 10 of the following 79 Canadian zoos. Maybe one day I'll go across the country again and visit many establishments, but for now I'd like to know what zoos I am missing. There must be several in Ontario that are not on my list and I'm only interested in zoos that are open to the public.

    79 Zoos:

    14 British Columbia Zoos:
    BC Wildlife Park (Kamloops, BC)*
    Bloedel Conservatory (Vancouver, BC)
    Greater Vancouver Zoo (Aldergrove, BC)*
    Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife (Vancouver, BC)
    Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge (Golden, BC)*
    Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre (Golden, BC)
    North Island Wildlife Recovery Association (Errington, BC)
    Parrot Island Sanctuary (Peachland, BC)
    O.W.L. (Orphaned Wildlife) Rehabilitation Society (Delta, BC)
    Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (Sidney, BC)*
    Ucluelet Aquarium (Ucluelet, BC)
    Vancouver Aquarium (Vancouver, BC)*
    Victoria Bug Zoo (Victoria, BC)
    Victoria Butterfly Gardens (Brentwood Bay, BC)

    7 Alberta Zoos:
    Alberta Birds of Prey Centre (Coaldale, AB)
    Calgary Zoo (Calgary, AB)*
    Discovery Wildlife Park (Innisfail, AB)
    Reptile World (Drumheller, AB)
    Edmonton Valley Zoo (Edmonton, AB)*
    GuZoo Animal Farm (Three Hills, AB)
    Sea Life Caverns (Edmonton, AB)*

    1 Saskatchewan Zoo:
    Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo (Saskatoon, SK)*

    3 Manitoba Zoos:
    Assiniboine Park Zoo (Winnipeg, MB)*
    Club Regent Casino Aquarium (Winnipeg, MB)*
    Thompson Zoo (Thompson, MB)

    33 Ontario Zoos:
    African Lion Safari (Hamilton, ON)*
    Bird Kingdom (Niagara Falls, ON)
    Bowmanville Zoo (Bowmanville, ON)*
    Brantford Twin Valley Zoo (Brant, ON)
    Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory (Cambridge, ON)
    Cedar Meadows Resort Wildlife Park (Timmins, ON)
    Chippewa Park Wildlife Exhibit (Thunder Bay, ON)
    Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat (Cochrane, ON)
    Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens (Kingsville, ON)
    Elmvale Jungle Zoo (Elmvale, ON)
    Greenview Aviaries Park & Zoo (Morpeth, ON)
    Haliburton Wolf Centre (Haliburton, ON)
    High Park Zoo (Toronto, ON)
    Indian River Reptile Zoo (Indian River, ON)*
    Jungle Cat World (Orono, ON)*
    Killman Zoo (Caledonia, ON)
    Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo & Nature Centre (Hamilton, ON)*
    Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo (Ottawa, ON)*
    MarineLand Canada (Niagara Falls, ON)*
    Mountsberg Raptor Centre (Campbellville, ON)
    Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory (Niagara Falls, ON)
    Oshawa Zoo (Oshawa, ON)
    Papanack Zoo (Wendover, ON)
    Reptilia: Reptile Zoo & Education Facility (Vaughan, ON)
    Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada (Toronto, ON)
    Riverview Park & Zoo (Peterborough, ON)*
    Safari Niagara (Stevensville, ON)*
    Saunders Country Critters (Oxford Station, ON)
    Scales Nature Park (Forest Home, ON)
    Science North (Sudbury, ON)*
    Spruce Haven Zoo (Sault Ste. Marie, ON)
    Toronto Zoo (Toronto, ON)*
    Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre (Midland, ON)*

    10 Quebec Zoos:
    Aquarium du Quebec (Sainte-Foy, QC)*
    Biopark Gaspesie (Bonaventure, QC)
    Granby Zoo (Granby, QC)*
    Montreal Biodome (Montreal, QC)*
    Montreal Insectarium (Montreal, QC)
    Parc Omega (Montebello, QC)
    Parc Safari (Hemmingford, QC)*
    Zoo de St-Edouard (St-Edouard-de-Maskinonge, QC)
    Zoo Ecomuseum (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC)*
    Zoo Sauvage de St-Felicien (Saint-Felicien, QC)*

    4 New Brunswick Zoos:
    Butterfly World (Moncton, NB)
    Cherry Brook Zoo (St. John, NB)*
    Fundy Discovery Aquarium (St. Andrews, NB)
    Magnetic Hill Zoo (Moncton, NB)*

    4 Nova Scotia Zoos:
    Maritime Reptile Zoo (Dartmouth, NS)
    Oaklawn Farm Zoo (Aylesford, NS)
    Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park (Shubenacadie, NS)
    Two Rivers Wildlife Park (Mira, NS)

    2 Newfoundland & Labrador Zoos:
    Newfoundland Insectarium (Reidville, NL)
    Salmonier Nature Park (Avalon Peninsula, NL)

    1 Yukon Zoo:
    Yukon Wildlife Preserve (Whitehorse, YT)*

    * 32 Canadian zoos are CAZA accredited
     
  2. TZFan

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    Don't feel too bad my total is just 6.

    Toronto Zoo
    Riverveiw Park and Zoo
    African Lion Safari
    Marineland
    Calgary Zoo
    Vancouver Aquarium

    I dont see that list growing much. Maybe Assiniboine and Safari Niagara but Id probably have to be going there anyway.

    My US list is even more pathetic.
     
  3. zooboy28

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    Is this "Refuge" part of the Grouse Mountain attraction (bears, birds of prey, wolf); or a separate entity located elsewhere?
     
  4. snowleopard

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    It is the same one that you saw on your visit and I fully admit that it barely qualifies as a "zoo".:)
     
  5. zooboy28

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    I just wondered, as I hadn't heard it called "Refuge for Endangered Wildlife". It would be hard to decide on a good definition of zoo, but it would be hard to come up with one that didn't include Grouse Mountain. I think it has to qualify as a zoo really. Albeit a very small one :cool:
     
  6. snowleopard

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    snowleopard Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Here is an updated list of 80 Canadian zoos and aquariums that is very similar to the one that I posted a year and a half ago. However, I made some minor changes and I'm curious to know if there are any zoos that I'm missing. British Columbia gained two small places that I didn't know about the first time around, Alberta had two zoos close in terms of showcasing exotics, CAZA accreditation has changed for several facilities, and Ontario saw the opening of a brand-new aquarium as of this month.

    Brockville Aquatarium:

    Aquatarium » at Tall Ships Landing

    The good news is that almost half of all Canadian zoos are CAZA accredited, meaning that there is a lack of substandard facilities across the nation. This is in direct contrast to the United States, where there are far superior zoos but also a large number of "roadside menageries".

    80 Zoos: (69 zoos & 11 aquariums)

    16 British Columbia Zoos:
    ++BC Wildlife Park (Kamloops, BC)*
    ++Bloedel Conservatory (Vancouver, BC)
    Butterfly World & Gardens (Coombs, BC)
    ++Greater Vancouver Zoo (Aldergrove, BC)*
    ++Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife (Vancouver, BC)
    Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge (Golden, BC)*
    Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre (Golden, BC)
    North Island Wildlife Recovery Association (Errington, BC)
    O.W.L. (Orphaned Wildlife) Rehabilitation Society (Delta, BC)
    Parrot Island Sanctuary (Peachland, BC)
    ++Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (Sidney, BC)*
    ++The Reptile Guy: Rescue & Education Center (Mission, BC)
    Ucluelet Aquarium (Ucluelet, BC)
    ++Vancouver Aquarium (Vancouver, BC)*
    ++Victoria Butterfly Gardens (Brentwood Bay, BC)
    ++Victoria Bug Zoo (Victoria, BC)

    5 Alberta Zoos:
    Alberta Birds of Prey Centre (Coaldale, AB)
    ++Calgary Zoo (Calgary, AB)*
    Discovery Wildlife Park (Innisfail, AB)
    ++Edmonton Valley Zoo (Edmonton, AB)*
    ++Sea Life Caverns (Edmonton, AB)*

    1 Saskatchewan Zoo:
    Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo (Saskatoon, SK)*

    2 Manitoba Zoos:
    Assiniboine Park Zoo (Winnipeg, MB)*
    Club Regent Casino Aquarium (Winnipeg, MB)*

    35 Ontario Zoos:
    African Lion Safari (Hamilton, ON)*
    Aquatarium (Brockville, ON)
    Bird Kingdom (Niagara Falls, ON)*
    Bowmanville Zoo (Bowmanville, ON)*
    Brantford Twin Valley Zoo (Brant, ON)
    Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory (Cambridge, ON)
    Cedar Meadows Resort Wildlife Park (Timmins, ON)
    Chippewa Park Wildlife Exhibit (Thunder Bay, ON)
    Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat (Cochrane, ON)*
    Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens (Kingsville, ON)
    Creature Quest Canada (Hillsburgh, ON)*
    Elmvale Jungle Zoo (Elmvale, ON)
    Greenview Aviaries Park & Zoo (Morpeth, ON)
    Haliburton Wolf Centre (Haliburton, ON)
    High Park Zoo (Toronto, ON)
    Indian River Reptile Zoo (Indian River, ON)
    Jungle Cat World (Orono, ON)*
    Killman Zoo (Caledonia, ON)
    Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo & Nature Centre (Hamilton, ON)*
    Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo (Ottawa, ON)*
    MarineLand Canada (Niagara Falls, ON)*
    Mountsberg Raptor Centre (Campbellville, ON)
    Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory (Niagara Falls, ON)
    Oshawa Zoo (Oshawa, ON)
    Papanack Zoo (Wendover, ON)
    Reptilia: Reptile Zoo & Education Facility (Vaughan, ON)*
    Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada (Toronto, ON)*
    Riverview Park & Zoo (Peterborough, ON)*
    Safari Niagara (Stevensville, ON)*
    Saunders Country Critters (Oxford Station, ON)
    Scales Nature Park (Forest Home, ON)
    Science North (Sudbury, ON)*
    Spruce Haven Zoo (Sault Ste. Marie, ON)
    ++Toronto Zoo (Toronto, ON)*
    Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre (Midland, ON)*

    10 Quebec Zoos:
    Aquarium du Quebec (Sainte-Foy, QC)*
    Biopark Gaspesie (Bonaventure, QC)
    Granby Zoo (Granby, QC)*
    ++Montreal Biodome (Montreal, QC)*
    Montreal Insectarium (Montreal, QC)
    Parc Omega (Montebello, QC)
    Parc Safari (Hemmingford, QC)*
    Zoo de St-Edouard (St-Edouard-de-Maskinonge, QC)
    Zoo Ecomuseum (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC)*
    Zoo Sauvage de St-Felicien (Saint-Felicien, QC)*

    4 New Brunswick Zoos:
    Butterfly World (Moncton, NB)
    Cherry Brook Zoo (St. John, NB)*
    Fundy Discovery Aquarium (St. Andrews, NB)
    Magnetic Hill Zoo (Moncton, NB)*

    4 Nova Scotia Zoos:
    Maritime Reptile Zoo (Dartmouth, NS)
    Oaklawn Farm Zoo (Aylesford, NS)
    Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park (Shubenacadie, NS)
    Two Rivers Wildlife Park (Mira, NS)

    2 Newfoundland & Labrador Zoos:
    Newfoundland Insectarium (Reidville, NL)
    Salmonier Nature Park (Avalon Peninsula, NL)

    1 Yukon Zoo:
    Yukon Wildlife Preserve (Whitehorse, YT)*

    * 36 Canadian zoos are CAZA accredited
    ++ I’ve visited 14 of the zoos on this list....but 285 in the USA!
     
  8. HyakkoShachi

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  10. ericnielsenpdx

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    Hi snow leopard ,
    I really enjoy enjoy and appreciate all of your posts. I recently found thousands of pics from hundreds of zoos aquariums etc etc that I'd thought were lost forever on a hard drive and hope to start posting some soon when I have any time at all.
    I thought this Phrase was interesting "The good news is that almost half of all Canadian zoos are CAZA accredited, meaning that there is a lack of substandard facilities across the nation. This is in direct contrast to the United States, where there are far superior zoos but also a large number of "roadside menageries".
    I'm not engaging in a war but I don't understand your comparison if there is one that you're trying to make.... If so isn't it like comparing facilities in Canada to Mexico as well or Europe to Australia , SEAZWA to South America Perhaps in terms of population or cultural and philosophical approaches to zoological populations or so ?
    Kindly and thoughtfully posed , Eric
     
  11. snowleopard

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    As you know, I love touring the United States on long road trips and I have spent many summers visiting zoological attractions all across the nation. With more than 710 zoos (including 135 aquariums) the U.S. is arguably the world's #1 zoo nation and other than Germany I'm not sure if there is a single other country even close in terms of the breadth and depth of captive wildlife institutions. However, while America has a lot of fantastic zoos there are just as many appalling roadside attractions that should really be closed down.

    My point was that Canada might only have around 80 zoos but for the most part there aren't the endless stream of "home-made menageries" that are still common in the United States. In Canada there are only a handful of major zoological attractions that I'd call excellent but there have been a number of subpar zoos that have closed down over the past 20 years. The Canadian government appears to be stricter when it comes to validating and accommodating zoos and just since the 1990's there are several B.C, Alberta and plenty of Ontario zoos that have all closed to the public...meaning that many crappy zoos have been forced out of existence. In the United States there still happens to be far too many crappy zoos that look even worse when compared to the amazing establishments that abound in that nation.