Tails From The Zoo

ZoosnooZ – Lazing With The Lions October 2, 2010

Zoo Sleepovers are roaring back to the Assiniboine Park Zoo!

Friday, October 8th

6 pm to 9 am (the following morning)

You will enjoy: Big cat education; little cat stories and activities; a night-time tour and late-night snack, a morning exhibit tour; light breakfast with the beasts

Costs: $50 per child /$40 per adult

Maximum Capacity: 30 participants (all ages)

Get registered by calling 927-6070 or emailing parkprograms@assiniboinepark.ca  to arrange a stay.


Million $ Announcement for Assiniboine Park April 23, 2010

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Hartley Richardson, Chair of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s Board of Directors, along with park staff and management were on hand this morning to hear Charleswood MP Steven Fletcher and Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz announce new funding.

A little more than $4.6 million will be going to spruce up the children’s play area at Assiniboine Park, along with the ever popular skating pond. Plans call for landscaping, water and sand play areas and tree forts. The Duck Pond will also be expanded for skaters and a naturalized wetland system in summer months.

Fletcher said Ottawa is contributing $1 million towards the renewal project.


“It will be a magical place,” said city businessman Hartley Richardson.

Work is to start immediately on the Assiniboine Park projects, Richardson said. “It’s a real shot in the arm,” he said of the funding.  “We won’t let you down.”

To read more on the projects, please visit: http://www.assiniboinepark.ca/mnufuture-vision


Polar Run Volunteers and Runners Needed March 1, 2010

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March 21, 2010

8:30 am

Assiniboine Park Zoo

Proceeds from the run go towards the Polar Bear Conservation Fund in Tribute to Debby

East Gate Entrance by Gift Shop – Run Starts at the Animal Tracks Cafe

The Zoological Society of Manitoba is also looking for volunteers for the Polar Run. Volunteers are requested to arrive between 7:45 am and 8:00 am for a brief orientation before the race. We need volunteers to help with registration, refreshments and be race marshals. If you would like more information please contact Tricialynn at 982 0669 or email tzacharias@zoosociety.com

You can run in either the 3K, 5K or 10K races. Remember – it’s a fun run so bring the whole family! It’s also a great way to get yourself warmed up for the upcoming racing season.

Polar Runners are encouraged along the race route

If you would like to join over 200 other runners and joggers, please register with the Running Room at www.runningroom.com


See you at the zoo! February 25, 2010

Filed under: Member Notices,The Zoo and You,Uncategorized — Scott Gray @ 12:49 pm

Do you like animals? When was the last time you visited the zoo? I mean really visited the zoo. Packed a lunch and sunscreen or a warm hat and gloves as the case may be right now, and squeezed the entire family into the SUV and decided to spend a day at the zoo?

If you are a zoo member you may do this often. If you are not a zoo member, then what are you waiting for?

How many times have you found yourself on a weekend or day off with a houseful of energetic kids and/or adults who all want to do something but you’re not able to find one thing in common that they all would enjoy? Family outings can be very costly. If only there was a place where you could pay once and go as often as you like? Well, there is!  Really, you could pay just once and visit the zoo each and every day if you wanted.

The Zoological Society of Manitoba is proud to have over 10,000 zoo members who enjoy visiting the zoo every chance they get for one very low price.

Did you know that a family membership for two adults and up to five children living in the same household is only $84.00, taxes included? That is less than .25 cents a day. Wow!  As a mother, I can honestly say that there are very few places in the city that I can pay for once and take my children to every day of the year if I wanted.

As a Zoo Society member, not only can you take the family for as many visits to the zoo in a year as you can fit in, but you also get great discounts on purchases at the Animal Tracks Café and Zoo Gift Shop. If your kids are anything like mine, they will love the experience of attending our Spring and Summer Zoo Camps.  As a member you also get a great discount on Zoo camp registration.  Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of being a zoo member, (aside from watching the animals and keeping tabs on their crazy antics, new zoo babies and arrivals of new animals throughout the year), is receiving your complimentary Safeway Boo at the Zoo tickets in September before they go on sale to the public!

Safeway Boo at the Zoo is our largest and most amazingly fun family, hair- raising fund-raising event held in October each year.  Our members love to attend Boo and take part in all the spooktacular rides and interactive and specially-themed walk-throughs.

We hold our Annual General Meeting at the Animal Tracks Café in June and all Zoo Society members are invited to join our staff and Board of Directors for a fantastic BBQ where you can find out all about what’s new at the zoo. It is also a great opportunity to meet with everyone and ask questions or even discuss becoming more involved with the Society with some of our many volunteering opportunities. The best part of this special members’ appreciation night is a meet and greet with some of your favorite zoo keepers and zoo animals.

So, next time the family is looking for something to do – think ZOO! Visit us at the Zoo Gift shop or call me, Tricialynn, at 982 0664 to discuss becoming a zoo member.  It’s a zooriffic way to spend time with your family and enjoy your favorite animals.

See you at the zoo!

By, Tricialynn Zacharias, Zoological Society of Manitoba


Grandparent’s Day at Assiniboine Park September 6, 2009

Join us on Sunday, September 13 for a park-wide celebration of grandparents. Here’s our Grandparent’s Day Activity Schedule:

Assiniboine Park Zoo – Open 10a to 4p
Free Zoo Admission to grandparents accompanied by grandchild
10:30a – Dedication of Polar Bear statue in front of the bear exhibits
11a to 1p – Free coffee or tea at the Animal Tracks Café for Grandparents
11a to 12p – Join us for cake at the Animal Tracks Café
11a to 2p – Free Trolley Tours for Grandparents when accompanied by paying grandchild
11a to 4p – Free interpretative talks
11a to 3p – Grandparents membership special
10a to 4p – Receive a Debby magnet or paperweight with any purchase of $20 or more at the Zoo Gift Shop

Leo Mol Sculpture Garden – Open 11a to 5p
1p; 2p; & 3p – Tours of Gallery, Schoolhouse Studio and the grounds of the Garden
Grandparents with a grandchild receive a package of Leo Mol Art Cards (value $7) while quantities last.

Pavilion Gallery Museum – Open 10a to 5p
Grandparents with a grandchild will receive a Pavilion Gallery Museum catalogue (value $15) while quantities last.

Conservatory – Open 9a to 4p
Conservatory Palm House self guided scavenger hunt maps
10a to noon – Conservatory bouquet making
Noon to 2p – Abilities Garden demonstration and samples from the “Pizza Garden”


Mission: Big Foot – Learning to Walk Softer July 5, 2009

You can now help the Assiniboine Park Zoo and the planet at the same time you are learning how to keep some money in your own pockets!

The Zoological Society of Manitoba has teamed up with Planet Partnership® to help our patrons learn how to be more sustainable – and it only takes 45 minutes. Here’s just some questions we’ll answer for you:

What is sustainability and what does it mean to our future?

Is it a fad or a trend?

What are the human contributions to the problem?

Why are the environmental, economic and global consequences important to me?

How can I create a personal action plan for carbon reduction and save money ?

50% of all proceeds benefit our zoo – so tell your neighbors, your co-workers and even your boss to participate in this great program. It’s a win for all of us! Make your pledge to do your part, because, “If Not You, Then Who?”

Here’s how to participate: Go to www.planetpartnership.com

Choose Take the Training

Enter this password:  rfapz25

Enter your credit card information for the registration fee of $15.00 – Remember that 50% comes back to us in support of conservation and education programs at the Assiniboine Park Zoo!

Register your username and password. Write down your username and password so you don’t forget it – you may need it again.

You can watch our cumulative numbers grow on the website, under carbon reduction totals.


New Zoo Geocaches Launched June 20, 2009

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The Zoological Society of Manitoba and the Manitoba Geocaching Association will be hosting their second annual “Geocaching the Zoo” event tomorrow, June 21, 2009. The weather forcast looks fantastic for a stroll with the family through the zoo to find our 8 new caches. Each cache is themed around the Zoo Education Centre’s current education campaign dubbed: Mission Big Foot.

All of the cache coordinates will be available at http://www.mbgeocaching.ca and http://www.geocaching.com as of tomorrow but we encourage everyone to stop by the Zoo Education Centre to meet with other geocachers, representatives of the MGCA and Zoo Society, and to enter a contest for finding locations.

Come and spend the day at the Zoo and learn about geocaching. This year’s theme is Mission: Big Foot!

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2009
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Enter the Zoo though the South Gate and then meet us at the Zoo Education Centre located at N49° 52.122 W097° 14.515. (To your left as you go through the gate)

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.  Introduction to geocaching presented by the Manitoba Geocaching Association.
2:00 – 4:30 p.m.  Search for the new geocaches that will be placed around the Zoo.
4:30 Prize Draw

The MBGA will have a couple of extra GPS units available for those that are interested in participating but do not own a GPS. They will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have about geocaching or the use of your GPS. A brochure and contest form will be available to participants.

Zoo Admission (Plus GST)
Adult – $4.55
Senior – $4.25
Youth (13-17) – $2.95
Child (2-12) – $2.40
Family Day Pass – $16.00
Zoo Society Members – Free

We hope to see you there! But remember – if you can’t make it out on the 21st, the new caches will be active until the spring of 2010, so we encourage you to visit us when ever you can.