The Grasslands + Boreal Forest section of the Zoo features a variety of animal species native to North America.

These animals are very adaptable to the extremes of our climate, from the hot sunny days of summer to our cold, blustery Winnipeg winters.

The Zoo's bison herd is a reminder of impact the humans can have on wildlife. In the early 1800s, there were an estimated 30 million bison on the Great Plains of North America. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, both the plains bison and wood bison populations were hunted to supply the lucrative robe trade. By the 1850s, the bison was nearly extinct, spurring a conservation movement to save the species. Today, bison numbers have rebounded somewhat, however only a small percentage live in the wild with the remainder living on preserves or ranches.

Canada’s boreal region stretches 10,000 continuous kilometers across the country’s breadth — its size rivals even that of the Amazon rain forest! As one of the world’s greatest remaining forests, the boreal provides an important haven for the many creatures that inhabit its vast canopy, lakes and wetlands.

Did you know...

  • 53% percent of land in Canada is covered by boreal forest
  • 25% of the world’s boreal forests lie within Canada
  • 80% of the world’s unfrozen fresh water supply found in Canada’s boreal forest

Learn how the Zoo is supporting wildlife and habitat conservation and what you can do to help!

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  • Cougar
  • Canadian Lynx
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