Help Close the Greater Vancouver Zoo & save the animals

Please sign this petition to help close the Greater Vancouver Zoo.

The zoo has suffered a string of large animal deaths that are extremely troubling.

On April 29/2014, Hani, a three-year-old Siberian tiger died. A necropsy is still pending. Hani died after just a day of showing symptoms of being off her food and lethargic. The median lifespan of a female Siberian tiger in captivity is 14 years.

In December 2013, the zoo euthanize an 18-year-old Siberian tiger who was suffering what was later found to be a hernia.

In July 2013, the zoo’s 46-year-old white rhino had to be euthanized. The necropsy determined the animal’s teeth had deteriorated and food had blocked its esophagus.

In November 2012, 12-year-old giraffe named 'Jafari' was found dead inside his 'heated' barn. He had no apparent previous health conditions.

In November 2011 Jafari's mate "Eleah"and son"Amryn"were found dead inside their barns.

There is ONE surviving giraffe left. His name is 'Pompy' and he is 5 years old.

Also in 2011 the Zoo was forced to put down an 18-year-old African lion after an inoperable tumour was found in his chest.

In April 2009, it was reported that FOUR zebras had died after two African Buffalo were introduced to their enclosure. The zoo did not make the incident public at the time. A spokesperson for the Vancouver Humane Society stated that the zebras were between five and 15 years old, and died from exertional myopathy, a muscle disease causing damage to muscle tissues which is caused by physiological changes (often extreme exertion, struggle, or stress). The spokesperson also stated that African Buffalo are extremely dangerous and although the two species co-exist in the wild, they should NOT have been placed together in an enclosed space.

In May 2008, a thief broke into the zoo when it was closed, and entered the Spider Monkey enclosure. The thief killed Jocko the male monkey, via skull fracture. The thief kidnapped Mia the female monkey. SHE IS STILL MISSING TODAY JUNE 2014. The case is still unsolved and there is currently a $3,000 reward for Mia's safe return. The 2 spider monkeys had lived together for 15 years.

In June 2008, Skye, a female Golden Eagle, was killed by a lioness after landing in the lion enclosure, following a run-in with a group of crows.

In August 2008, a four-year-old boy was landed on by a Harris Hawk. According to the zoo's spokesperson, the hawk mistook the boy's head for a perch. However, questions have been raised as to what motivated the bird to leap off the lure and fly towards the boy.

On May 31, 2006, the Crown Counsel of British Columbia laid formal charges against the Greater Vancouver Zoo, in accordance with the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, for failing to provide adequate facilities for a baby hippo acquired in October 2004. "Hazina" the baby hippo that found fame after appearing in a TELUS Christmas advertising campaign, spent 21 months living indoors secluded from the public in a concrete pen and spent her days in an 8 foot by 8 foot pool. This was the first case of a major Canadian zoo being charged with cruelty to animals. However, in January 2007, the case was stayed, as crown counsel believed, with the opening of a new habitat for hippos, that it was no longer in the public interest. The zoo lost its Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation over this incident for two years.

In 1997, two reports by Zoocheck Canada and UK veterinarian Samantha Lindley called on the Greater Vancouver Zoo to improve conditions for the animals it holds, such as rhinoceros and big cats.

By 2003, few improvements had been made. Recommendations were made to the zoo, including gradually moving away from its current function of a zoo and becoming a sanctuary for native species; however, the zoo refused as they wanted to carry on displaying exotic species.

This petition is not affiliated with BCSPCA or the Humane Society. It is a petition for people who want to voice their opinions regarding the inhumane treatment of animals at the Vancouver "zoo".

Vancouver's lack of sunlight, increasingly cold and damp winters is not an appropriate climate for exotic animals accustomed to living in a desert environment. Clearly this is evident in the amount of preventable animal neglect cases and deaths.

The Greater Vancouver Zoo is a 120-acre (49 ha) zoo located in Aldergrove, British Columbia.



  • Chelsey Healy This is very depressing!

  • Anonymous Very depressing to see animals treated so poorly for money. Whoever is profiting off of this is incredibly sick in the head.

  • Lyric I haven't been here since I was 9 or 10. Even then I could see how sick they looked. Let's lock up people like that.

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