With $50-million in construction underway, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is undergoing a significant transformation — from the quaint 1959 Storyland Valley Zoo it is transitioning to a zoo noted for innovative learning opportunities.
The funding allows the zoo to realize what was originally laid out in the 2005 Master Plan. While that document has evolved, its strategic direction of creating a vibrant new zoo focused on animals in their natural habitats is becoming a reality.
Given the difficulty of building animal habitats on a site that is already in use, a thoughtful construction schedule has been worked out. Our first project, Arctic Shores opened in March 2012. The harbour seals and northern fur seals are already enjoying their new habitat and were joined over the summer by Arctic ground squirrels and Arctic foxes. Learn more about Arctic Shores.
Work continues on the next phase of projects as follows:
The Wander Trail
Opening December 2013
This magnificent central trail system will interpret the North Saskatchewan river valley as it winds its way through Alberta, from the grasslands to the aspen parklands and beyond to the boreal forest.
Displaying plants native to the North Saskatchewan River valley, the Wander will make it easy for guests to find their way around the zoo while learning about the river valley and its importance to natural habitats in Alberta.
Features of the Wander include:
- Trout ponds and melt water play areas
- Cobbled stream and aspen parklands with interactive play structures
- Rest areas for picnics
- Working wetlands and wetland demonstration areas.
New Entry Plaza & EdVenture Lodge
The new entry area will feature the otter habitat, a new state-of-the-art education facility, and multi-purpose use space, guest services including a café, Zoo-tique, washrooms and rest areas.
The EdVenture Lodge will provide much needed space for educational programs and activities as well as space for private and corporate functions. The EdVenture Lodge will be well used as the demand for day camps, zoo school and other fun and interesting sessions exceeds the current space available.
The entrance will also be home to the zoo's entertaining North American River Otters who are quite at home on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. Learn more about the new Entry Plaza.
Renos for the Reptiles
Opened August 2013
The Reptile Wing in Saito Centre renovations are complete. The reptiles are enjoying significantly upgraded environments. Water pools, rock work, and natural plants in each exhibit offer lush and enriching habitats. System upgrades keep the exhibit interiors hot and humid for the reptiles, while keeping the public viewing areas more comfortable for people.
Nature's Wild Backyard
Following completion of the new Entry and Wander the next phase of construction will focus on the inner zoo - recreating the old Storyland area into Nature's Wild Backyard. Designed with young guests in mind, children of all ages will enjoy playing veterinarian or zoo keeper, getting close to animals like turtles and frogs, squirrel monkeys and meerkats. The Valley Zoo Development Society is raising funds for this important project. Learn more about Nature's Wild Backyard.
For more information:
Edmonton Valley Zoo
13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7
|Telephone||In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311