Tails From The Zoo

15 Years of Boo at the Zoo – Spooktacular! October 17, 2010

Filed under: Member Notices,Special Events,Uncategorized — Scott Gray @ 2:49 pm

“Safeway Boo At The Zoo” is definitely an annual Halloween must do. Kids and adults ages are encouraged to dress in costume for this family event. It’s a great way to spend time together, learn about animals in the Edboocation Trailer, spend time outdoors at all of the decorated sites and get a little spooked! This year’s Boo takes place from October 14th to the 30th.

You can buy your tickets online, at Winnipeg Safeway locations or at the gate. www.assiniboinepark.ca

Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo 2010 - Alice's Tea Party (photo by Darlene Stack)


Debby the Polar Bear Continues to Inspire October 12, 2009

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


Canuck Nanooks May 3, 2009

The Vickery sisters have been recognized for their outstanding conservation work in the Winnipeg Free Press yet again. And for good reason. Tom Oleson profiled the family that calls themselves the Canuck Nanooks, http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/little-does-a-lot-41620352.html , on their superb drive to make a difference for polar bear conservation and education. The family was again profiled in the Winnipeg Free Press for their ourstanding win at the most recent Polar Bears International competition in San Diego, http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/life/grin-and-bear-it.html.

The Zoological Society of Manitoba, a beneficiary of the Canuck Nanooks fund raising drive, would like to express a heart felt Hoorah! for all of the efforts of this group. I had the good fortune of meeting the Vickery family last year and the priviledge to get to know them a bit better during our Boo at the Zoo event. The team rolled out to the Assiniboine Park Zoo nearly every night to talk to as many Halloween visitors as they could about the plight of the polar bear and its Arctic habitat. The team of three (plus Mom!) have been a relentless voice for making a positive difference in the world and for doing it in a fun and energized way.

Polar Bears International was lucky to have found such effective voices for the wild, and Manitoba was lucky to have found such wild voices! If you have not yet heard of the Canuck Nanooks before, you will. I expect that this is just the start as the group expands on their energized solutions. In a world of bad news for mother earth, including global warming, mass extinctions and habitat destruction, the Nanooks will put a smile on your face, your hand on your wallet and a skip in your step. Don’t believe me? While most of us would run out and spend our prize money on a new iPod or clothes or something we really don’t need, the Canuck Nanooks have pledged it to the Polar Bear Conservation Fund! With support like this, the Zoological Society of Manitoba and the Assiniboine Park Zoo will reach its goal of becoming a world leader in polar bear and Arctic conservation very soon indeed.

For more information on how you can donate to the Polar Bear Conservation Fund, please visit www.zoosociety.com or joinvisit our Facebook group called Polar Bear Express 2009.


Three days to go October 27, 2008

Filed under: Special Events,Uncategorized — Scott Gray @ 10:16 pm

It’s hard to believe but there are only three more nights of Boo at the Zoo left, October 28, 29 and 30. Boo has been a blast so far and with fairly positive weather (not including this past weekend), it’s been a good run. The turn out of the volunteer team has been great, with between 80 and 130 volunteers assisting us everynight.

Get out and Boo! before it’s over. Tickets are available online ($8.50) at www.booatthezoo.ca, at the gate ($10) or at any WInnipeg Safeway location ($7.50). Please remember that costumes are encouraged – not just for the kids – but for everyone. Don’t wait and be disappointed – get to the zoo asap.

And for anyone who doesn’t realize it, members of the Zoological Society get to go to Boo for free. Find out how you can get your free tickets at www.zoosociety.com.


Boo gets underway October 15, 2008

Filed under: Special Events — Scott Gray @ 9:45 pm

The Zoo Society’s annual Safeway Boo at the Zoo, a Manitoba tradition for 13 years, starts tomorrow. Staff were scurrying around the Assiniboine Park Zoo in frienzied excitement, putting the finishing touches on Frights, Frogs and Fairtytales. Please remember that Frightening Fridays is aimed at bigger kids. If you’ve got kids who scare easily we suggest you come on a regular day or for the real little ones, visit us on Toddler Tuesdays when we crank up the Fairytales and wee-folk fun.

I was out and about today and am itching to get on one of the kids rides (hmmm, I might be a bit too tall) including a fun house, ferris wheel and carousel. Stay tuned for updates on the event or just come out and see it yourself. Over 50,000 people visited over the two week run last year – get your tickets soon!


Boo at the Zoo October 8, 2008

Filed under: Special Events — Scott Gray @ 10:47 am

The Zoological Society of Manitoba’s largest fund raiser of the year, Safeway Boo at the Zoo is set to open on October 16. This will be our 13th annual spook-tacular and we’ve got lots of new sites and sounds for you to see plus a few old favourites you won’t want to miss.

All of the information you’ll need on Boo can be found at www.booatthezoo.ca Tickets are now available at all participating Safeway locations and online at http://www.zoosociety.com/specialevents_boo.asp

Stay tuned for more updates on Boo and on all the other things that happen at the Assiniboine Park Zoo!