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Butterfly Safari Weekend | August 25 - 27

Join us as we celebrate butterflies and other pollinators at the Zoo! The following activities will take place at the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden from Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27:

Daily activities:
• Butterfly Safari Keeper Talks with special feeding experience | 10 am & 3 pm 
• Learn about plants and plan your garden with advice from our Master Gardeners | 11 am – 3 pm
• Make a special butterfly craft with our volunteers | 11 am – 3 pm
• Get your face painted by one of our talented volunteers | 11 am – 3 pm

Special activities:
• Join our Artist in Residence for a special art workshop | Friday at 1:30 pm 
• Beeproject Apiaries will be onsite with their observation hive to do a special talk about bee pollinators | Saturday at 11:30 am 
• Ambassadors from the Monarch Teacher Network will be visiting the butterfly garden and talking about the importance of butterfly gardens, pollinators, and monarch butterflies. Schedule: Tuesday, August 22 (10 am - 1 pm), Wednesday, August 23 (9 am - 12 pm, 1 pm - 3 pm), Friday, August 25 (9 am - 2 pm).
• Winston, our polar bear mascot, will be welcoming visitors and posing for photos on Saturday and Sunday, from 11 am – 1 pm.

wild wednesdays

Wild Wednesdays at the Zoo | Wednesdays, August 9 to September 6

Wild Wednesdays, this summer only at Assiniboine Park Zoo!

  • Adults, youth and seniors only $12
  • Kids $10
Plus the first 200 visitors to the Zoo each Wednesday will receive a voucher for a free ice cream at Tundra Grill or Winston’s Olde Fashion Ice Cream Shoppe.
Tickets for Wild Wednesdays must be purchased in-person at the main Zoo entrance on the day of the promotion and are valid only for that day. Discounted tickets cannot be combined with other offers or promotions.

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little girl petting horse


Learn about our animals from the people who know them best! All summer long we are offering a full schedule of 14 daily keeper talks. Each month, the talks will explore a different conservation theme.


10:00 am | Learn about our Butterflies (Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden)
10:30 am | Spotlight on Tigers (Amur tiger enclosure, Asia)
10:30 am | Tropical Adventure (Toucan Ridge)
11:00 am | Prowling with Cougars  (Grasslands & Boreal Forest)
11:00 am | Burrowing Owl Project (Grasslands & Boreal Forest)
11:30 am | Our Polar Bears (Journey to Churchill, Positive Reinforcement Training Station)
12:50 pm | Hitching up the Horses (McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre)
1:00 pm | In the Company of Camels (camel enclosure, Asia)
1:30 pm | Arctic Fox Talk (Journey to Churchill)
2:00 pm | Discovery Experience (Kinsmen Discovery Centre)
2:00 pm | Tropical Adventure (Toucan Ridge)
2:30 pm | Hanging with the Gibbons (Gibbon Pavilion, Asia)
3:00 pm | Learn about our Butterflies (Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden)
3:30 pm | Pelican Feeding (Pelican Pond, near Toucan Ridge)

Wagon Rides at the McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre
Daily from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tickets are $3/person and can be purchased from a kiosk at the Heavy Horse barn.

Kinsmen Discovery Barn
A zookeeper will be available all day to answer your questions!

Parks Canada
Parks Canada - Wapusk interpreters

Learn More with Parks Canada at the Zoo | JULY & AUGUST

Visit the Parks Canada outreach education team at the Assiniboine Park Zoo throughout July and August and try out wildlife games, quizzes and activities from Manitoba's two national parks.

Wapusk National Park protects one of the earth’s largest polar bear denning areas, and is home to the Cape Churchill Caribou Herd. This park, on the shores of Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba, is an important natural laboratory, attracting researchers from around the world.

Riding Mountain National Park, located about a 3-hour drive west of Winnipeg, is a great destination for viewing wildlife and an important ecological sanctuary for many of the forest and grassland species found at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

  • MONDAYS | 9:30 AM TO 4:30 PM
  • TUESDAYS | 11:30 AM TO 3:00 PM
  • WEDNESDAYS | 9:30 PM TO 4:30 PM
  • THURSDAYS | 9:30 AM TO 4:30 PM
  • FRIDAYS | 9:30 AM TO 4:30 PM
  • SATURDAYS | 9:30 AM TO 4:30 PM
  • SUNDAYS | 9:00 AM TO 4:30 PM