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GREATER VANCOUVER ZOO

ALDERGROVE, B. C. CANADA

Story and Photos by

LEE A. WOOD

(Aldergrove Zoo - Aldergrove Zoo - Entrance to the zoo.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign at entrance to zoo.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign at entrance to zoo.)

Unlike the Zoo in Shanghai, the Greater Vancouver Zoo is not on a city bus route.

In actuality it is not in the city. It is several miles East, near the town of Aldergrove.

Guided tour, or private car, will take you East on the Trans Canada highway, for about a half hour, to highway 264, or 264th Street.

Turn South for 2 minutes and you will see the entrance. Use the second driveway, on your left.

Take note of your parking space as you will need to know the number when you buy a parking ticket, $3.00, at the machine inside the entrance gate.

Entrance rates are a bit steep, like everything else in the Vancouver area, at $18 for adults.

(Aldergrove Zoo - Concession stand.)
OUR FIRST STOP IS FOR ONE OF THEIR DELICIOUS CHEESEBURGERS
(Aldergrove Zoo - Concession stand, close up.)

The advantage of visiting a zoo in the winter is that there are fewer people to block your view.

ONE OF THE FIRST DISPLAYS, AFTER THE CONCESSION, IS A HOME FOR REPTILES, FISH, TURTLES, AND BUTTERFLIES

(Aldergrove Zoo - Peacock.)
AND WHAT IS A CONCESSION STAND
WITHOUT A PEACOCK TO BEG FOR A MORSEL
(Aldergrove Zoo - statue of eagle.)
A SMALL GARDEN BETWEEN ENTRANCE AND CONCESSION
(Aldergrove Zoo - statue of turtle.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - sign for building with reptiles.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - Mountain Horned Dragon inside glass.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - sign for dragon.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Red-footed Tortoise inside glass.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - sign for Red-footed Tortoise.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - Large turtle.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Chinchilla.)
CHINCHILLA

(Aldergrove Zoo - Green Iguana.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign for green iguana.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign for Burmese Python.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Burmese Python.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - Ornate Nile Monitor.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - sign for Ornate Nile Monitor.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - sign for White's Tree Frog.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - White's Tree Frog.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - spectacled caiman.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Spectacled caiman.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign telling about a spectacled caiman.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign telling about Geoffroy's Tufted-Eared Marmoset.)
UNLIKE THE CAIMAN
THE MARMOSET NEVER SITS STILL

(Aldergrove Zoo - Geoffroy's Tufted-Eared Marmoset.)
FLASH WOULD ONLY REFLECT OFF THE GLASS
(Aldergrove Zoo - Geoffroy's Tufted-Eared Marmoset.)
WITHOUT FLASH IT IS HARD
TO FREEZE FRAME THESE LITTLE FELLAS

OUTSIDE THE VIVARIUM IS A CHILDREN'S' PLAY AREA

(Aldergrove Zoo - Playground.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - playground.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - large brass pig.)
RUB A PIG'S NOSE FOR LUCK
(Aldergrove Zoo - Serena rubbing pig's nose.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Young peacock and a crow.)
THIS YOUNG PEACOCK IS UPSET
BY A STRANGER IN HIS TERRITORY
(Aldergrove Zoo - Young peacock and a crow.)
THE CROW JUST HOPS ABOUT, AS IF TEASING THE PEACOCK

(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign, says Red-necked Wallaby.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Red-necked Wallaby.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign telling about Rothschild's Giraffe.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Rothschild's Giraffe.)
A LARGE VIEWING AREA ALLOWS PEOPLE
A FACE TO FACE ENCOUNTER WITH THE GIRAFFES

(Aldergrove Zoo - Rothschild's Giraffe.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Rothschild's Giraffe.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign telling about Marabou Stork.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Marabou Stork.)
MARABOU STORK SHARE THE SAME ENCLOSURE AS THE GIRAFFES

(Aldergrove Zoo - Wide angle of part of the zoo grounds.)
ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WITH A MODERN ZOO,
THE ENCLOSURES ARE SO LARGE YOU CAN'T SEE THE ANIMALS
IF THEY ARE IN THE BACK
(Aldergrove Zoo - building and train tracks.)
BACK OF THE TRAIN STATION

(Aldergrove Zoo - building and train tracks.)
TRAIN STATION
(Aldergrove Zoo - Peacocks sitting on a rail near the loading platform.)
PASSENGERS? WAITING FOR THE TRAIN?

(Aldergrove Zoo - Train coming up the hill.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Red miniature train.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign telling about coyotes.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Coyote.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign telling about Collared Peccary.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Collared Peccary.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign telling about Caribbean Flamingoes.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Long shot of Caribbean Flamingoes.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Zoom in on Caribbean Flamingoes.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - Emus.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign telling about Emus.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Sand Hill Crane.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign telling about Sand Hill Cranes.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign telling about Roosevelt Elk (Wapiti.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Several Roosevelt female elk.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - Bull Roosevelt elk lying down.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Male Roosevelt elk standing.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign telling about Eurasian Wild Pig.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Eurasian Wild Pig.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign telling about Hippopotami.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Large enclosure, mostly water, for hippopotami)
(Aldergrove Zoo - 2 hippopotami cavorting, look like they are kissing.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign telling about Aoudad.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Man made pyramid for goats to climb.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - two aoudad lying down.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Serena feeding an Aoudad.)

(Aldergrove Zoo - Swan sitting on grass.)
WHAT IS A ZOO, OR PARK
(Aldergrove Zoo - swan floating on a pond.)
WITHOUT A SWAN OR TWO?

The large cat cages were not the last place we visited, but I save, for me, the best for the last.
As we were passing by the handler was dishing out treats, and as there were few other visitors, at the time, it was a great photo op.

(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign telling about Siberian Tigers.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Sign telling about African Lions.)
(Aldergrove Zoo - Tiger.)
DADDY TIGER
(Aldergrove Zoo - Male Lion.)
DADDY LION
(Aldergrove Zoo - Female tiger posed to jump.)
MOMMY TIGER ABOUT TO CATCH
A PIECE OF MEAT THROWN OVER THE FENCE
(Aldergrove Zoo - Female lion posed to jump.)
MOMMY LION ABOUT TO CATCH
A PIECE OF MEAT THROWN OVER THE FENCE
(Aldergrove Zoo - Male lion, paws against the fence being fed by trainer.)
THE KING OF BEASTS IS TOO PROUD
TO RUN FOR HIS FOOD, HE GETS FED
(Aldergrove Zoo - Male lion, paws against the fence being fed by trainer, my family posed in front.)
MY EX-WIFE AND HER GRANDSON,
MY WIFE AND OUR NIECE

(Aldergrove Zoo - Back side of entrance to the zoo.)
NOTE THE, YELLOW, PARKING METERS INSIDE THE ENTRANCE

There are many more displays of other animals, however, it started to rain.

If you find yourself in Vancouver with a day on your hands, and if you like zoos, the Greater Vancouver Zoo is a must see.

Take plenty of film and plan on spending a full day.

The zoo is located East of the city, 264 St., just South of the Trans Canada Highway, towards Aldergrove.

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