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.
The zoo is in desperate need of knew animals, exhibits, and they need to educate children more and offer attractions for teenagers. They need more special events other then just BOO AT THE ZOO, which really is rather boring! No one from outside of Winnipeg will want to go there because it has nothihng new or exciting to offer.
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.
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.
The zoo is awesome so wat it smells bad every zoo does because animals live there obviously there'd be some stank and the boo at the zoo is lame i got bored there was a 30 minute line and u could easily get lost and u cant see any animals (but 1 bear) but other than all that THE MONKEYS AND THE TIGERS RULE
The zoo hasn't changed since I was like 10 years old. The only thing changed was the cheetahs( only for the summer) and the white bison. The cheetah exhibit was an old exhibit that use to hold panda back then in the 80's but in a sad sorta way ( the cheetahs don't get a lot of privacy . Its kinda sad animals live in this zoo. Some exhibits are quite small, and smell so awful. The nastiest places was the native bird house, it really stank! It had changed like new murals and lighting for the tropical house and the discovery centre. The some of the exhibits have new signs which is an improvement. Barriers are either too small or just a chain between the animals and visitors which can very dangerous.
It had previous plans to renovate the zoo, but the city won't budge. And it has been that again and again. Its a good zoo to go to for the family or friends. I recommend 45 min or 1 hr. If you like animals, its good to visit (even if some of the animals look kinda sad). But I hope you don't mind the smell.
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.