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Official account of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Education, Conservation, Stewardship and Engagement. #yegzoo

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Edmonton Valley Zoo

Today is International Red Panda Day! The   #yegzoo   is home to a trio of   #redpandas   - Pip, Kalden, and Paprika. To date, 12 healthy red panda cubs have been born right here (including Pip and Paprika!) and we are incredibly proud to play an active role in the conservation of this endangered species. If you want to learn more about our red pandas, please join us every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for the red panda talk! There has been an estimated 50 percent decline in the red panda population in the wild over the last 20 years. Please visit   @redpandanetwork   to find out how you can help!   #endangeredspecies     #ssp  


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We’ve been making some changes! Did you visit the Edmonton Valley Zoo this summer? We want to hear from you! Please fill out this short survey to let us know how you enjoyed your visit. Link in bio.   #yegzoo     #exploreedmonton  


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Look up! That’s where you’re likely to find our   #redpandas   at any given time! These animals - who are not related to giant pandas - are arboreal and can usually be found climbing the trees in the   #yegzoo  ’s new red panda habitat. They can be hard to see - the black on their stomachs make it difficult for predators to spot them when looking up into the trees. Red pandas are   #endangered   and it’s estimated there are as few as 2,500 left in the wild. Saturday, Sept. 21 is International Red Panda Day! If you want to find out more about these zoo favourites, join us for the red panda talk weekends at 10:30 a.m. at the new exhibit in Nature’s Wild Backyard.   #internationalredpandaday  


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We’re back for Part Two of   #whatisitwednesday  ! That hand belongs to one of our ring-tailed lemurs. Lemurs are primates found only on the island of Madagascar. Their distinctive tails are longer than their bodies and are used for balance. They feed primarily on plants, leaves, flowers, fruit, and sometimes sap and bark. Ring-tailed lemurs are endangered with a decreasing population trend, mainly due to habitat loss. Next time you visit the   #yegzoo  , please stop by the Makira Outpost to say hi to our three ring-tailed lemurs - Renee, Juliet, and Arden.   #lemurs     #endangeredspecies  


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We love   #whatisitwednesday   at the Edmonton Valley Zoo! Check this one out - any guesses?!   #yegzoo  


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Happy Birthday, Ulysses! Our emerald tree boa turns 27 years old today.   #Emeraldtreeboas   are native to the rainforests of northern South America. This solitary species is arboreal. They spend their days coiled around branches with their heads resting in the middle, and they hunt at night. They are non-venomous and feed on small birds and mammals. Like all emerald tree boas, Ulysses is bright green with a yellow underside. They can reach lengths of 1.5-2 metres. Did you know? Young emerald tree boas are red, orange, or yellow! They change colour to the characteristic green when they are approximately one year old. Ulysses lives in the reptile wing at Saito Centre. Stop by and say hi to him during your next visit!   #yegzoo  


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Let’s celebrate   #caturday   with a big cat nap! With fewer than 4,000 left in the wild, the Amur (Siberian)   #Tiger   is an endangered species, but there is hope. Working with other zoos, we can develop a sustainable and genetically diverse population that will help restore and protect these incredible animals. The Edmonton Valley Zoo is home to two beautiful Amur tigers - Taiga and Amba.   #endextinction     #speciessurvivalplan  


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Happy   #humpday  🐪 ! The   #yegzoo   is home to three Bactrian camels - Ghengis, Dolly, and Marshmallow. Bactrian camels are distinguishable from their Arabian counterparts because they have two humps instead of one! With fewer than 1,000 left in the wild, Bactrian camels are critically   #endangered  . Check out our new post on Wild Times to find out more about these fascinating animals. Link in bio.


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Happy   #MeerkatMonday  ! Although they resemble prairie dogs, meerkats are actually related to the mongoose. They are found in several parts of Africa, including Botswana, Namibia, Angola, and South Africa, and they live in large groups called gangs. Did you know the   #yegzoo   has a meerkat talk? Join us at 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday to learn more about these amazing animals!


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Welcome, Tahiti! Tahiti, a Goeldi’s monkey, was born here at the zoo on July 9 to mom Goldie. Goeldi’s monkeys are from South America and are found in the upper Amazonian rainforests. They are excellent climbers but generally stay within 5 metres of the forest floor and travel to higher elevations in order to obtain food - they mainly eat fruit, berries, insects, and spiders. Did you know? Goeldi’s monkeys can leap a distance of about 13 ft (4 m) horizontally without losing height! Goeldi’s monkeys are considered vulnerable in the wild due to a decreasing population trend. Our five Goeldi’s monkeys live in Saito Centre. Stop by to visit them next time you’re at the   #yegzoo  !


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Our hours have changed for fall! From now until Monday, Oct. 14, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekends and holidays. Summer might be over, but there’s still lots to do at the zoo! Come check out a fun talk or activity Thursday - Sunday all Fall and Winter long! Please check our drop-in schedule - link in bio.   #yegzoo     #exploreedmonton  


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This is a very special Primate Day at the Edmonton Valley Zoo because we get to introduce you to Sakura, the lar gibbon! Sakura joins Sulawe, our 8-year-old male gibbon. Sakura is 17-years-old and came to us from Safari Niagara in Ontario on July 3. She was housed in quarantine until August 14 when she was moved into the holding area of the gibbon enclosure in Saito Centre, which was adapted so Sakura and Sulawe would be able to see, hear, and smell each other in a protective contact manner before being fully introduced. Almost immediately, Sakura and Sulawe began displaying positive behaviours, including sitting on either side of the platform, touching, sharing food, and attempts at grooming. They were introduced on August 19 and are bonding well. Sakura was the friendlier of the two and wanted to be close to him at all times. Sulawe was a little more shy and played hard to get. The two have been seen singing together in the mornings - their voices are hard to miss!

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