Tails From The Zoo

Fun Zoo Jokes October 12, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Gray @ 2:42 pm

Who says a Blog is supposed to be boring!? I’ve gathered a number of great one-liners, funny knock-knocks and gut-busting jokes from various sources so let’s enjoy Canadian Thanksgiving with a few laughs. Enjoy…!

  • A kangaroo kept getting out of his enclosure at the zoo. Knowing that he could hop high, the zoo officials put up a ten-foot fence. He was out the next morning, just roaming around the zoo. A twenty-foot fence was put up. Again he go out. When the fence was forty feet high, a camel in the next enclosure asked the kangaroo, “How high do you think they ll go?” The kangaroo said, “At least a hundred feet, unless somebody locks the gate at night!”
  • One day the zookeeper noticed that the orang-utan was reading two books — the Bible and Darwin’s Origin of Species. In surprise he asked the ape, “Why are you reading both those books?” “Well,” said the orang-utang, “I just wanted to know if I was my brother’s keeper or my keeper’s brother.”

  • The manager of a large city zoo was drafting a letter to order a pair of animals. He sat at his computer and typed the following sentence: “I would like to place an order for two mongooses, to be delivered at your earliest convenience.” He stared at the screen, focusing on that odd word mongooses. Then he deleted the word and added another, so that the sentence now read: “I would like to place an order for two mongeese, to be delivered at your earliest convenience.” Again he stared at the screen, this time focusing on the new word, which seemed just as odd as the original one. Finally, he deleted the whole sentence and started all over. “Everyone knows no full-stocked zoo should be without a mongoose,” he typed. “Please send us two of them.”
  • What did the zoo keeper say when he saw four elephants walking over the hill towards him wearing sunglasses? Nothing, he didn’t recognize them!

  • I was in the zoo last week. Really? Which cage were you in?
  • I took my son to the zoo yesterday. Really, did they accept him?
  • Jim: “Come on, Fred, I’ll take you to the zoo.” Fred: “If the zoo wants me, let them come and get me!”
  • Caller: “Finally! I got through! I’ve been trying to call the zoo for hours!” Zookeeper: “Yes, all our lions were busy!”.
  • Zoo Keeper: “I’ve lost one of my elephants”. Other Zoo Keeper: “Why don’t you put an advert in the paper?”. Zoo Keeper: “Don’t be silly, he can’t read!”

  • Why are giraffes so slow to apologize? It takes them a long time to swallow their pride.
  • What do you call a gorilla wearing ear muffs? Anything you want, he can’t hear you.
  • What do gorillas eat for lunch? A go-rilled cheese …
  • Where do Superman’s goldfish live? In the super bowl
  • How do you know there are two elephants in your fridge? The door won’t close
  • How many giraffes can you fit in a refrigerator? None, the elephants are in there!
The following jokes are courtesy of the Bristol Zoo:
  • What do you get if you cross an elephant with a goldfish?

Swimming Trunks!

  • What should you do if you find a gorilla in your bed?

Sleep somewhere else!

  • What do you get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo?

A woolly jumper!

  • What does a spider do when he gets angry?

He goes up the wall!

  • What kind of noise annoys an oyster?

A noisy noise annoys an oyster!


Debby the Polar Bear Continues to Inspire

A new memorial statue was recently unveiled at the Assiniboine Park Zoo to honour Debby the polar bear. Debby passed away in November of 2008 at the age of 42 and was the icon of the zoo. She was in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living polar bear at the time of her passing.

A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes since Debby’s death in order to pave the way for not only new polar bears at the Assiniboine Park Zoo but for a new, state -of-the art polar bear enclosure. The Zoo, Zoological Society of Manitoba, Manitoba Conservation, Polar Bears International, Assiniboine Park Conservancy and many other partner organizations have rallied around this call for action and plan to make Winnipeg the premier place to view, learn about and help conserve polar bears in the world.

The Zoological Society of Manitoba got things rolling by establishing the Polar Bear Conservation Fund in Tribute to Debby. This fund has received many donations from individual citizens and companies from Manitoba as well as being the main recipient for fund generated by the Zoo Society throughout 2009. The Society has contributed money from two fun runs, from its June social event and proceeds from the Safeway Boo at the Zoo event are earmarked for the fund. The Society has also partnered with companies like Pizza Hotline, Hot 103 FM and Carpathia Credit Union to raise additional funds for the new conservation centre.

Bear Debby leaves a hole

Despite memorial, zoo visitors lament polar bears’ absence

By: Staff Writer, 25/09/2009

Debby the polar bear may have departed this perilous planet, but her likeness lives on at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

The province of Manitoba has donated a statue of the Guinness record-setting carnivore to the zoo to help celebrate the life of its famous resident.

Click here to read more: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/life/bear-debby-leaves-a-hole-61437642.html

The Assiniboine Park Conservancy has recently announced plans to assist in the construction of a world class arctic exhibit. For information on their plans, please visit: http://www.assiniboinepark.ca/mnufuture-vision#zoo


Is the Assiniboine Park Zoo Accredited? October 8, 2009

Filed under: CAZA,Exhibits,Uncategorized — Scott Gray @ 11:13 am
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The Assiniboine Park Zoo is a proud accredited member of the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which is at non-profit organization established to promote the welfare of animals and encourage the advancement of education, conservation and science.


Here is a list of all of the CAZA Institutional Members across the country.

British Columbia:

  • British Columbia Wildlife Park
  • Greater Vancouver Zoo
  • Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge
  • Mountain View Conservation & Breeding Centre Soc.
  • Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre


  • Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden & Prehistoric Park
  • Marine Life Department, West Edmonton Mall
  • Valley Zoo & John Janzen Nature Centre


  • Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo


  • Assiniboine Park Zoo


  • African Lion Safari
  • Bowmanville Zoological Park
  • Indian River Reptile Zoo
  • Jungle Cat World Inc.
  • Marine Land of Canada Inc.
  • Riverview Park and Zoo
  • Safari Niagara
  • Toronto Zoo


  • Aquarium du Québec
  • Biodôme de Montréal
  • Ecomuseum
  • Parc Safari (2002) Inc.
  • Société Zoologique de Granby Inc.
  • Zoo Sauvage de St. Felicien

New Brunswick:

  • Cherry Brook Zoo Inc.
    Magnetic Hill Zoo

Inside Edition at the Assiniboine Park Zoo

Filed under: Uncategorized,World News,Zoo Animals — Scott Gray @ 9:11 am
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Inside Edition paid a visit to the Assiniboine Park Zoo in September, bringing along a young boy named Michael who can imitate dozens of animal sounds. Here is the result of their visit, highlighting Micheal’s ability to communicate with the zoo’s residents.

The Boy Who Talks to Animals

Wednesday, 10/07/09

INSIDE EDITION meets the boy who can communicate with any animal at the zoo!

October’s Eco-Dates October 6, 2009

So what did you do on October 4? Did you celebrate World Animal Day? I hope so. In fact I hope you celebrate animals everyday, but in case you missed this year’s celebrations, here’s a re-cap.

World Animal Day, October 4

We celebrate World Animal Day to express our compassion and concern for all creatures. World Animal Day’s mission is to: celebrate animal life in all its forms; celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom; acknowledge the diverse roles animals play in our lives; and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives. To find out more, please visit: World Animal Day

As a reminder, there are a couple more upcoming dates to celebrate.

Waste Reduction Week runs October 19-25

Waste Reduction Week aims to inform and engage Canadians about the environmental and social impact of our wasteful practices. It strives to educate, engage and empower Canadians to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. Everyone, including schools, businesses, and individuals can all get involved! Visit Waste Reduction Week Canada at http://www.wrwcanada.com/ for more information and resources.

International Day of Climate Action is on October 24

Scientists now know that an environment with carbon in the atmosphere that tops 350 parts per million will not support life as we know it. Sadly, we’re already past that number, at 390 parts per million, which is why the Arctic is melting and drought is spreading across the planet. 350 gives us a target to aim for. Join the international movement on October 24 to take a stand for a safe climate future and raise awareness about this important number (350). Make a statement to get the attention of the world’s leaders, before they meet in Copenhagen in December to reach an agreement on a new climate treaty. Visit www.350.org to make a difference before it becomes too hard to reach our goal.