Valour FC players, mascots set to meet fans at zoo

Winnipeg’s professional soccer team will be meeting fans and having fun on Sunday at Assiniboine Park Zoo as part of the first-ever Valour FC Day.The team is following in the footsteps of its CFL counterpart, as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers held a similar event July 7.READ MORE: Winnipeg Blue Bombers spend the day at Assiniboine Park ZooThe event, which takes place in the Journey to Churchill area, runs from 1-3 p.m. and will include ‘adventure lists’ for fans to complete, as well as a chance to meet players, mascots, practice…

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Lusty stingrays lead to temporary closure of Assiniboine Park Zoo exhibit

The Assiniboine Park Zoo said it will be temporarily closing its new Stingray Beach exhibit due to some unexpectedly amorous behaviour by the exhibit’s residents.The zoo said Wednesday that they’ve noticed an escalation in natural mating behaviour over the past month, which has led to injuries in some of the exhibit’s cownose stingrays.“This kind of behaviour is observed in wild stingrays as well as those in human care,” said the zoo in a statement on Facebook.READ MORE: Assiniboine Park Zoo welcomes visitors to new interactive stingray exhibit“While we have seen…

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Assiniboine Park Zoo welcomes visitors to new interactive stingray exhibit

May long weekend marks the arrival of some new animals at Assiniboine Park Zoo.The zoo has officially opened an interactive ‘Stingray Beach’ exhibit.Over a dozen Rays will be housed in a shallow 1,300 sq.-ft. pool located in the zoo’s rotating exhibit gallery. A curious visitor touching a stingray at Assiniboine Park Zoo.Marek Tkach / Global News“Stingray Beach gives us a valuable opportunity to expand our conservation messaging to include the health of our oceans and aquatic wildlife while providing an exciting new experience for our visitors,” says the zoo’s senior…

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Polar bear at Assiniboine Park Zoo dies

The Assiniboine Park Zoo is mourning one of its polar bears.The zoo said the bear died Monday.READ MORE: Winnipeg zoo’s Journey to Churchill introduces two new bear cubsThe zoo’s Dr. Chris Enright, director of veterinary services, will be speaking to the media Tuesday morning to provide more information. Global News will be live-streaming that event.The polar bears are a major part of the zoo’s award-winning Journey to Churchill attraction.WATCH: Meet the newest additions to Winnipeg zoo’s polar bear community

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Zoo to briefly close in January for building maintenance

If you’re hoping to visit the Assiniboine Park Zoo in early January, you may need to reschedule.The zoo will be closed to the public from Jan. 7 through Jan. 13 for minor repairs, cleaning and maintenance to its buildings.“The closure allows for us to get a sizeable amount of work done throughout the buildings in the zoo with no impact on the visitor experience,” said the Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s Facilities & Capital Projects head Archie Pronger.READ MORE: Assiniboine Park Zoo’s newest and cutest red panda has a name“Closing for a…

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Free admission for vets, military personnel at Assiniboine Park Zoo Remembrance Day weekend

The Assiniboine Park Zoo is recognizing Remembrance Day by offering free admission on Nov. 10 and 11 to all veterans, military personnel and their immediate families.“This is a great opportunity for us to acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served our country,” said Grant Furniss, the Zoo’s Senior Director of Animal Care and Conservation.READ MORE: Assiniboine Park Zoo’s newest and cutest red panda has a name“We’re so grateful to the men and women who sacrifice so much so that we can enjoy our freedoms.“This is our way of…

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