In 2009, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy unveiled a visionary redevelopment plan for Assiniboine Park that laid the groundwork for the revitalization and modernization of Assiniboine Park Zoo.
Over the past decade, the Zoo has been transformed through new and renovated exhibits, improved facilities, and enhanced visitor amenities and services.
Today, it is a world-class destination that is uniquely Manitoban and reflects incredibly well on our city and province. The Zoo attracts visitors from around the world and provides amazing opportunities for Winnipeggers and Manitobans to connect with wildlife and nature close to home.
As a result of this transformation, Assiniboine Park Zoo has also emerged as a leader in environmental education, research, and wildlife conservation.
In September 2014, following the opening of the award-winning Journey to Churchill exhibit, the Zoo successfully earned international accreditation from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years and we were able to successfully renew our accreditation in 2019.
Today, we are one of only six Canadian organizations to hold AZA accreditation.
“Only the very best aquariums and zoos can meet AZA’s accreditation standards for animal care and welfare, conservation, education, and more, which are the most rigorous in the profession,” said AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe. “By achieving AZA accreditation, Assiniboine Park Zoo demonstrates a commitment to protecting animals around the world and inspiring their guests to do the same.”
Accreditation provides our visitors, members and the community at large with assurance that we are holding ourselves to the highest standards for animal welfare and care and are committed to providing our guests with a memorable, meaningful and educational visitor experience.
We are proud of our contribution to this community of modern, progressive zoos and aquariums who are making a difference each and every day through their important work in the areas of wildlife conservation, education, research, rescue and rehabilitation.
You can make a difference and support the work we do by visiting the Zoo, purchasing a membership, or making a donation. Thank you for your support!