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Monarch Butterfly Release

The Assiniboine Park Zoo in partnership with Monarch Watch, the Monarch Teachers Network, and Nature Conservancy of Canada will tag and release the Zoo’s collection of monarch butterflies from the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden on Monday, August 25 at 1:00 pm. Assiniboine Park day campers will participate in the release.

Zoo visitors are invited to attend. The butterflies will be released after a short educational session that starts at 1:00 pm.

This is the fourth year the Assiniboine Park Zoo has done the tag and release with the monarchs from the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden.

Monarch butterflies undertake an amazing migration each year, traveling south to Mexico for the winter. The tagging program provides valuable information for researchers, allowing them to determine the path of the monarch migration and monitor the insects that successfully complete the journey.

The timing of the release will allow our monarch butterflies the opportunity to undertake their natural migration. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for us to educate children and our visitors about monarch butterflies.

In the case of rain, we will move the butterfly release to 1:00 pm on Tuesday, August 26.


Parks Canada at the Zoo

Visit the Parks Canada outreach education team at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in July and August and try out wildlife games, quizzes and activities from the two national parks in Manitoba: Wapusk & Riding Mountain.

Riding Mountain National Park: Sundays & Mondays

Discover Riding Mountain National Park; a premium site for wildlife viewing and an important ecological sanctuary for many of the forest and grassland species found at the Assiniboine Park Zoo (until August 18th).

Wapusk National Park: Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays

Discover Wapusk National Park’s role in protecting the habitat of the Western Hudson Bay population of polar bears and other sub-arctic species, while visiting the Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo (until August 19th).

Faites de nouvelles découvertes avec Parcs Canada au zoo!

Visitez l'équipe de diffusion externe de Parcs Canada au zoo du parc Assiniboine en juillet et août. Essayez des jeux et répondez à des questions concernant la faune représentante des deux parcs nationaux au Manitoba: Wapusk et le Mont-Riding.

Parc national du Mont-Riding: les dimanches et lundis

Découvrez le parc national du Mont-Riding; un site extraordinaire pour observer la faune et un sanctuaire écologique important pour de nombreuses espèces de la forêt et de les prairies qu’on trouve aussi au zoo du parc Assiniboine (jusqu’au 18 août).

Parc national Wapusk: les mardis, vendredis et samedis

Venez découvrir le rôle important du parc national Wapusk dans la protection de l'habitat de la population d’ours polaires de l’Ouest de la baie d'Hudson et d'autres espèces subarctiques, tout en visitant l’exposition « Voyage à Churchill » (jusqu'au 19 août).

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Meet the Animals

Are you crazy for camels?
Would you like to know the secrets of snow leopards?
Have you been invited to a pelican party?

Learn about the amazing animals at Assiniboine Park Zoo from the people who know them best — our Zoo keepers!

Scheduled keeper talks and animal encounters take place daily from May long weekend to September long weekend.


9:30 am The Fantastic Foxes Arctic Fox Enclosure
10:00 am Spotlight on Tigers Amur Tiger Habitat
10:30 am Up Close with the Ocelot
Uncover the Red Pandas
Toucan Ridge
Bamboo Point
11:00 am Discover the Cougars
Polar Bear Affair
Cougar Enclosure
International Polar Bear Conservation Centre    
11:30 am           Unearth Burrowing Owls
Snake Break
North American Birds Building
Kinsmen Discovery Centre
1:00 pm Crazy for Camels
Pigs and Goats and Cows, Oh My!       
Camel Enclosure
Farm Yard Barn
1:30 pm Asian Lion Adventure Pavilion of the Lions
2:00 pm Secrets of the Snow Leopards Snow Leopard Enclosure
2:30 pm Mysteries of the Amazon
Feeding Frenzy
Toucan Ridge
Kinsmen Discovery Centre
3:00 pm Feeding Fiesta Toucan Ridge
3:30 pm Pelican Party Muskox Pond Area



  • Weekly caiman feeding at Toucan Ridge: Tuesdays at 1 pm
  • Watch for horses, donkeys or reindeer being walked around the Zoo

All activities subject to change depending on weather and required animal care

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Construction at the Zoo

Site improvements at the Zoo will continue in 2014 as part of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s $200 million redevelopment. Visitors may notice changes and may experience minor construction detours as they navigate their way through the Zoo’s 80 park-like acres.

With the completion of the new Journey to Churchill exhibit, Assiniboine Park Zoo offers an all new experience to its visitors. As we continue to upgrade our exhibits and amenities, will will make every effort to minimize the impact of construction and maximize your enjoyment of the Zoo.

Thank you for your patience and support as we continue on this journey to excellence. Visit www.imagineaplace.ca to learn more about this exciting transformation and how you can help make it happen!


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