Founded in 1904, the Assiniboine Park Zoo has a long history of breeding endangered species including Siberian Tigers and ... More
Assiniboine Park Zoo
Founded in 1904, the Assiniboine Park Zoo has a long history of breeding endangered species including Siberian Tigers and Golden Eagles. There are 1200 animals of 275 different species making this one of the largest zoos in Canada. Mainstays include the Discovery Center, an indoor learning park, and a petting zoo. Winter travelers can look forward to the Lights of the Wild display around Christmas time. This is one of the attractions, which you can't afford to miss.
I love the Winnipeg Zoo, I know people on here complain that its not this and that but they are building new exhibits including the journey to churchill and they charge accordingly, we have gone about 10 times this year, and had a great time each time. The animals like to show off, especially the cougar and the lion, and the tiger cubs are awesome. The mother tiger is HUGE. At 5 dollars a head I dont know how anyone can complain. Great walk and a great way to spend 3 hours.
I am looking for your winter hrs. and they are not written yet. I am trying to call your tel.no.
1 204 982 0660 and rings busy even in the eve., when it should be an automatic message giving the new timetable, people in Selkirk, Wpg., etc. think that the Zoo closes for the winter!!! i heard that last yr. and this one too, they assume it closes at the end of sept. We used to live there and it was open all yr. round. What is up with the misinformation???? how it has change since the good old times with my children and now the grandchildren don't get the same experience.
My recent visit to the zoo could not have been more disappointing! Signage is in need of repair and often incorrect. SO many cages were empty, prompting even my 3 year old to repeat, "another empty one". The zoo was a favorite haunt for years and now not somewhere I will return or recommend to friend or family from out of town. The woman at the stroller rental defended the park which I found inappropriate given that she was recording feedback. The rest of the Park continues to be a beautiful, well-kept oasis. The zoo is a disgrace. Close for a season. The little lost revenue will soon be recouped when changes, updates, and construction are complete.
Great variety of really neat animals. There were fantastic education tables set up all over the zoo with neat displays and cool info, plus you could touch some of the animals at the tropical house with some of the education people. The zookeepers were really nice and answered my questions.The primates (I learned that term at the booth there) we're so great and I'm not sure what the heck that other review was talking about but all primates can carry diseases that humans can get but that doesn't mean the ones at that zoo have it ( I also learned that at the education booth) Geez lady get your facts straight. Totally worth the 5 bucks to get in, the white bison is super cool. I had a great time
This is not worth the $10 they want at the gates. While some of the volunteers they have there are into it and are entertaining, most of them seem to be just standing around, waiting for the night to end. The setup doesn't make any sense - a gypsy caravan next to a castle, next to a UFO, next to the headless horseman... A number of their props are blow-up pieces you can get from specialty shops. Those that were actually made had little effort actually put into them. I know they can't make it too spooky because it's supposed to be a big attraction for kids, but most of the kids we saw while we were there looked incredibly bored. Save your money and rent a lame horror flick instead - it can't be any worse than what the zoo is offering.
Well, I am a Winnipeger.
I just went to the Assiniboine Zoo today and discovered a few minor changes.
There was a new Eagle exhibition. (Two very huge amazing sea eagles).
However, their "cage" was not sufficiently spacious for such roaming creatures. Their wingspan is at least 1.5 meters, and when I saw one of the eagles flying, I noticed that it couldn't really actually fly. Nowhere near even a feet of flying distance. It pretty much flies from the tree branch where it usually hang out to the ground (up and down). There is no way you can see them in flight for even a second. I feel sorry for those eagles. All they do throughout the day is either sit on the ground near the artificial pond or on the branch. So on one hand it is a new exhibition, but on the other hand, it is stressful for both visitors and the animals.
Another cool thing is an abundance of hand-sanitizing stations throughout the zoo. The only problem is that I couldn't even find one that had any liquid/foam inside. I tried about 5 stations and they all were depleted. I wish the staff could replenish at least some of them. Especially at the "farm" where visitors pet animals; donkeys, rabbits, ponies and such. It would be nice if people could sanitize their hands after to prevent the spread of bacteria and whatnot.
Generally, I am happy with the admission price ($4.60 for an adult as of August 2010).
But....there is of course the drawback of price:quality ratio.
Out of about 50 exhibits I got to see today, literally a THIRD of them were empty. I understand that some animals were sleeping or napping, but I saw at least 20 exhibits with the either of the following signs:
1) "Construction in process" despite the fact that the site / cage hasn't been even visited by anyone, confirmed by a presence of spider webs and general "rundown" look. I saw the same cages "under construction 2-3 years ago.
2) "There was an animal here"
3) NO SIGN and NO ANIMAL
4) Sign but no animal (even though there wasn't a little door for the animal to go elsewhere, which means it didn't "go to sleep").
5) "We've moved" (no indication as to where to)
Overall, I think the admission rates for everyone should be raised by 2 bucks at least. People go and spend hundreds of dollars on junk and crap in Casino Regent, 10$ for a lot of people is nothing major. A meal in Mcdonald's that will most like induce a stomach ache is 10$. Not sure why an admission to the zoo can't be 7$ each. The country, province, and the city must educate kids on respect towards animals and the importance of preservation. If the greedy city could take 5 cents off of each parking ticket in downtown for a period of 1 year, it could probably endow a few million dollars to the zoo and the animals shelters.
My boyfriend and I visited the zoo last week and we left feeling quite sad. The enclosures are not large enough for many of the animals inhabiting them, such as the leopards. Its habitat was barely larger than my living room. The bear enclosures are not up to code and are often empty. Many of the animals show signs of depression, and numerous water troughs were empty. In the farm area, one of the rabbits looked very ill and was having difficulty breathing. One of the prairie dogs was missing an eye and many were visibly and disturbingly injured. I also know, from information shared with me from a former employee of the zoo, that many of the monkeys suffer bad sexually transmitted illnesses. Now, I am not against zoos, I believe they can be a great tool for education or breeding to preserve species, but our zoo is in a sad state. I hope the changes are drastic, and I hope the funding is suffice.
I have not been to the zoo for quite a few years. I am going to wpg and taking my 6 yr old grandson am really looking forward to it thought it was great the last time i was there and hopefully will not be disappointed but will judge for myself and if it is as good as I remember it it will be very enjoyable my grandson loves animals of all kinds going to be a real experience for him. Looking forward to my visit after many years.
I've been to the zoo several times in the past year and am excited to see what they are adding on in one of the sections
However, I do agree that some exhibits are WAY too small, particularily the large cats.
The facilities have never changed, I don't think they have even redone the wallpaper in the monkey house since my memory of ever being to the zoo.
Yes, it is cheap to get in, but it is reflected on the quality of the exhibits. Vital changes could be made to all of them. (and they should be made to all of them)
A great concept for our zoo would be to put them in a more natural habitat (especially for the bears, I'm sorry but what bear spends it's whole life on a rock with no trees?!?!?) and then build the pedestrian walkways ABOVE them, giving us an eagle eye view, but also giving the animals a more natural setting.
I find it awful that animals who are social live alone, that's just wrong.
Also, the Calgary zoo...amazing
I liked that my child was able to see an assortment of different animals. The monkeys are fantastic! The Australian exhibit had a beautiful display of birds. I wish that there was a longer cage for the larger cats to go for a run back and forth as they always look bored sleeping, they need to stretch their legs too & there is obviously room, stretches of land. That would be something to see, cats in action running.
Great inside and outside areas. The admisstion rates are reasonable and you can always leave a donation.