Zoos play an important part in education, recreation, and conservation. Every year, thousands of people come to the Bowmanville Zoo to see animals from Africa, South America, and Asia – animals they will never see otherwise. For young kids, seeing a tiger or a giraffe up close is an eye-opening experience that inspires, informs, and entertains.
At the Bowmanville Zoo, we take our responsibilities seriously. We have over 60 highly trained, full-time staff, who care for and love our animals. We are a member of CAZA (Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums), and follow all CAZA health and safety protocols. We participate in breeding programs for endangered species, fund studies in the wild, and conduct original research. In short, we set the bar when it comes to stewardship of zoo animals.
There is a school of thought that says zoos should simply not exist, that animals should not be kept in captivity under any circumstances. We respectfully disagree. And if our animals could talk, so would they. The truth is our animals lead longer, healthier lives than their wild counterparts and we provide large, open areas for them to live and play.