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.


Breakfast Television Visit February 1, 2010

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Talking about tortoises

Jenna and I gathered up a whole bunch of the zoo education department’s “creepy crawlies” and headed over for an early morning visit to the Breakfast Television studios this past Thursday. We joined Jon Ljunberg for an on-air segment highlighting our Zoo Tots program for children aged 3 and 4. Jon is a big supporter of the Assiniboine Park Zoo and we were thrilled to creep him out a bit with some of our less than cuddly but super fun animal friends.

In the picture below, Jenna is holding a rat while I’ve got a giant South American cockroach on my shoulder. We also brought a tortoise, a tarantula, a snake, a skink and giant land snails. We really enjoyed the visit and the show staff were wonderful. I was also encouraged but the large number of people that mentioned that they saw the segment. If you are interested in any of the information we talked about regarding Zoo Tots, please visit our website at www.zoosociety.com


Zoo arrives at Breakfast Television

This picture is copyright by Breakfast Television and can be found at: http://www.btwinnipeg.ca/extras/photos/media.jsp?content=20100128_133309_11188


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”


Understanding Bear Behaviour May 26, 2009

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Canadian bear expert will be in Winnipeg to explain the emotional side of bears at the Assiniboine Park Zoo

Else Poulsen, author of Smiling Bears: A Zookeeper Explores the Behavior and Emotional Life of Bears, will be speaking about bear behavior at the Assiniboine Park Zoo on Saturday June 6, 2009 from 7 to 9 pm.

Join Else for some wonderful stories about her work with bears at the Animal Tracks Cafe. Please enter through the Zoo Gift Shop. Please note that Else will be available for questions and to sign books at the end of her talk.

The cost for this presentation is $10, with all proceeds going to support bear education programs right here at the zoo and to the Polar Bear Conservation Fund.

Assiniboine Park Zoo, Animal Tracks Cafe, 54 Zoo Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N8

Brought to you by the Zoological Society of Manitoba, Greystone Publishers, McNally Robinson Booksellers and the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

Smiling Bears

Smiling Bears

SMILING BEARS:  A Zookeeper Explores the Behavior and Emotional Life of Bears
Publication date: March 21, 2009
Hardcover · $29.95 CDN · 272 pages
ISBN: 978-1-55365-387-5


Geocaching at the Zoo II May 14, 2009

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Come and spend the day at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, learn about geocaching and try to find all of our 8 new zoo caches! 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 Gates (on Corydon Ave) and then meet us at the Zoo Education Centre just to the left.

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 Assiniboine Park Zoo (public areas only).
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.

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

For more information, please visit the Manitoba Geocaching Association or the Zoological Society of Manitoba.


Run Polar Run! March 19, 2009

The Zoological Society and the Running Room are busy preparing for this Sunday’s 1st Annual Polar Run. The Society and Running Room have already hosted three successful !Run Wild! events and we decided to initiate the Polar Run to raise public awareness and funds for a new polar bear conservation centre at the zoo.

We have had a fantastic sign-up rate so far but we would like to really raise the roof on this race. Come out to the Assiniboine Park Zoo on Sunday March 22 and run, walk, jog, jump, skip or simply sally forth and be part of the movement.

The Polar Run

Sunday, March 22, 2009 – starting at 8:30 am

Assiniboine Park Zoo, Zoo Gift Shop entrance at 8:00 am

Events: 3 km Polar Chug, 5 km Global Trot and 10km Polar Run

For information on registration fees and getting your race kits,  please visit any Winnipeg Running Room location or www.runningroom.com.

And remember, this is a great warm up for our May !Run Wild at the Zoo! event, so find a friend, a coworker, a family member, a neighbour or one of each and make your way over the Assiniboine Park Zoo.



Crafty Animals January 28, 2009

The Zoo Education Centre is offering pre-school craft making programs in 2009. Aimed at 3 to 5 year olds and their an adult partner, this new series of craft sessions falls into our Family Programs series. While we’ve run many other types of programs, this is our first “crafts only” series, because really – what kid doesn’t love crafts?

Crafty Animals is a one and a half hour program packed with zoo nimal themed crafts, from tie-snake to tissue fish to yarn bugs. Sessions will take place in February, March and April and again in the fall of 2009 (Sept, Nov, and Dec). Pre-registration is preferred, for one or all classes.

Winter Sessions: February 18, March 18 and April 15

Time:    1:00 to 2:30 pm

Visit www.zoosociety.com for more information or to register. You’ll also find information their about our other Family Programs including Zoo Tots and Amatuer Animal Puppet Hour!