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Granby Zoo: A Day for the Entire Family

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Author: 
Matthew Farfan

medium_zoo.4.jpgFor over fifty years, Granby Zoo has provided the Eastern Townships (and Quebec) with a first-rate zoo. Since 1953, when the Granby Zoological Society was founded by the then mayor of Granby -- and animal lover -- Pierre-Horace Boivin, the zoo has attracted animal lovers of all ages from far and wide.

Today Granby Zoo ranks as one of Quebec’s major tourist attractions. It boasts an enviable international reputation in terms of the quantity of specimens -- 920 animals and over 180 species, some of them endangered -- and the quality of its conservation practices and educational programmes.

The zoo has come a long way since 1953, when its only animals were a few horses and a goat with three legs. Today the denizens within its walls include Quebec’s only Plains gorillas, elephants, lemurs, tigers, giraffes, bats, snakes, lions, sharks (that children can actually touch), and much, much more.

medium_zoo.2007.jpgEach of Granby Zoo’s animal species is housed within its own spacious environment. The zoo is set within a network of trails, meandering through trees to the various groupings of animals. There are plenty of picnic tables available and lots of green spaces. Maps to the zoo are available at the gate.

Adjacent to the zoo is the popular Amazoo water park. This is especially popular on hot days, and is an excellent way to cool off after a day at the zoo. Another attraction is the amusement park, with its miniature railroad, Ferris wheel, and other rides. Visitors should plan for a full day at Granby Zoo, as there is much to see and do.

For more information on directions, rates and opening hours, visit: http://www.zoodegranby.com.