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Edmonton Zoo

Your Guide to the
Valley Zoo Edmonton

Edmonton's Animal Adventure

The Edmonton Zoo is a small zoo, but a great place to visit - especially if you have kids. From admission, hours, to programs - let us tell you more about the Edmonton Valley Zoo!

edmonton zoo

Location: 13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue) Edmonton

Phone Number:
in Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


Hours of operation:
Open daily except Christmas Day.

The zoo opens at 9:30 each day and closing times vary according to season.

Website: Edmonton Valley Zoo

Admission: Zoo admission costs vary according to the season. For the most up-to-date info check here for Edmonton Valley Zoo Admission Costs

Edmonton Zoo Passes:

  • Annual Pass
  • includes free admission to participating zoos across Canada and the US.

  • City of Edmonton Multi-facility Annual Pass
  • provides admission to Fort Edmonton Park, the Muttart Conservatory, John Janzen Nature Centre as well as the zoo. The pass includes ride card for a limited number of summer-only rides on carousel, pony rides, paddle boats and miniature train. Check with zoo for ride details.

  • Family Pass
  • gives admission for two adults and all children under age 18 living in the home

  • Grandparent Pass
  • 2 grandparents and up to 4 grandchildren

Wheelchair accessible: Wheelchair and scooter rentals available at the zoo

Parking: Parking is free!

Edmonton Zoo Review

edmonton valley zoo

The Edmonton Valley Zoo is a small zoo located near downtown Edmonton in an area overlooking the North Saskatchewan River.

The Zoo first opened in 1959 and promotes four values: stewardship, conservation, education, and engagement.

The zoo is inhabited by over 350 animals. When visiting the zoo you can see many different animals including:

  • Amphibians
  • frog, toad, and mantilla (small frogs native to Madagascar)

  • Mammals
  • Mammals common to zoos such as an elephant, zebra, monkey and tiger and lesser known mammals including the addax, red panda, kinkajou, and wallaby.

  • Local Canadian animals
  • otter, fox, seal, sheep, and wolf

  • Birds
  • - dozens of different birds are ready to observe including a variety of owls, hawks, emu, quail, falcon, macaw, eagle, kookaburra, parrot, swan and more

  • Reptiles
  • snakes and tortoises, and skinks (yes, skinks, not skunks, though you may glimpse a skunk while at the zoo!)

Edmonton Zoo Programs

The Edmonton Valley Zoo offer special programs year round including:

  • The travelling zoo which can be booked for special events and school presentations
  • School programs at the zoo for many different grade levels
  • Adult workshops, courses, and tours (enjoy the hands-on experience of being a zookeeper!)
  • Birthday parties
  • Zoo school - a week long program with extensive interactive classes
  • Zoo day camps
  • Public education programs and special events designed for children and families
  • Group programs and self-guided group programs with interactive hands-on experiences built in
  • Animal Talks where interpreters provide information on specific animals
  • Special event days

Check online or with zoo for specific details


The zoo is undergoing a comprehensive restructuring over the next few years with the goal of recreating the natural habitats of the zoo animals.

The Edmonton Valley Zoo also participates in the Species Survival Plan, working to promote survival of threatened or endangered species. The restructuring will allow the zoo to be transformed from its original "Storyland Valley Zoo" theme to a place which emphasizes the four focus values and emphasizing creative learning experiences.

A new zoo veterinary hospital has already opened. Slated for opening in 2012 is the Arctic Shores which will present a twinned indoor-outdoor habitat which reflects a real arctic shoreline. The following year will see the opening of a new educational centre, a new zoo entrance, and the Wander Trail to demonstrate and interpret the North Saskatchewan River Valley where the zoo is located.

Future changes will be a total renovation and restructuring of all indoor areas of the zoo.

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