Animals are second nature to Assiniboine Park Zoo, and this year’s dramatic transformation has made the site a natural choice for Where Winnipeg’s 2012 Best New Attraction of the Year.
by ERIN CHATELAIN
We all remember touring zoos as children with wide, curious eyes. Young and old experience that same magical wonderment exploring Assiniboine Park Zoo’s newly upgraded animal exhibits. Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s exciting $200 million expansion has completed its first phase, with a revamped Duck Pond, and construction of Nature Playground and Qualico Family Centre. With $120 million earmarked for a dramatic zoo makeover; Toucan Ridge, Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden, International Polar Bear Conservation Centre and Birds in Flight have emerged as four signature attractions, making Asia, the boreal forest, the Arctic and the Prairies accessible right here at home. Completion of a state-of-the-art 10-acre polar bear habitat, Journey to Churchill, will wrap up the renovation project by 2014. (more…)