Our history

Our

history 

 

Discover the Ecomuseum Zoo's 25 years of history!

1981

Founding of the Saint-Lawrence Valley Natural History Society by Dr. John Roger Bider, McGill University professor.

1988

Opening of the Ecomuseum Zoo on a plot of 11.3 hectares, with a goal of making it the focal point of education, research and conservation activities of the Saint-Lawrence Valley Natural History Society.

1989

The first Ecomuseum Zoo educational programs are developed both on site at the zoo and offsite in classrooms.

1992

Construction of the first official administrative and educational building to provide basic services to visitors, to present a few exhibits and to set up rooms for educational activities.

1996

The Ecomuseum Zoo opens its doors to the public during the winter season for the first time. Since then, the zoo is open 364 days per year closing only on December 25th!

2000

The main education pavilion is extended adding additional rooms for education, a cafeteria for the visiting public and additional indoor exhibit space.

2002

Inauguration of the first large indoor exhibit showcasing fish, reptiles, amphibians and small animals.

2011

The Ecomuseum Zoo is granted the Thomas R. Baines award by Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums. (CAZA-CAZA), representing the highest distinction offered by the national organization. The prize is bestowed to recognize the body of work, the numerous accomplishments and the strong involvement in both research and the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Québec over the last 23 years.

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