Canada 150: Biodiversity at the Heart of Celebrations at the Zoo de Granby

The Government of Canada supports a community project at the Zoo de Granby as part of Canada 150

GRANBY, QC, May 25, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced funding of nearly $150,000 to the Zoo de Granby for its evening experience project this fall.

As part of this project, organized in honour of Canada 150, the Zoo de Granby will offer nocturnal visits to discover the prehistoric world, our planet's biodiversity, and the importance of protecting it. Throughout the circuit, which includes animals, 21 animatronic dinosaurs and educational panels, biologists and educators will raise participants' awareness of biodiversity and threatened species. This event will be offered on weekends from September 1 to October 29, 2017. (Full details will be available at

The Government of Canada is providing this funding through the Canada 150 Fund. Thanks to the Fund, the government supports local, regional and Canada-wide activities that allow Canadians across the country to celebrate, and help make 2017 a year to remember.


"The year 2017 is an exceptional one. Canada 150 is an opportunity to reflect on our past and look forward to the future with optimism. I'm pleased that the Zoo de Granby's evening experience will allow Canadians to learn more about biodiversity and the importance of protecting our planet. Let's take advantage of Canada 150 to reaffirm our commitment to preserving our environment and the wealth of our resources for the benefit of Canadians of today and tomorrow."

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"To celebrate Canada 150, the Zoo de Granby made it its mission to help Canadians discover biodiversity and raise awareness of the environmental challenges of the coming years. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the prehistoric era. I encourage everyone to join us in celebrating this important milestone."

—Pierre Breton, Member of Parliament (Shefford)

"To add to its strong family programming during the day, the Zoo de Granby is opening in the evening to allow for a unique and completely different experience. The activity will also let visitors experience an intimacy that is hard to achieve during the daytime. The Zoo de Granby, driven by its mission of education and conservation, hopes to combine the original fun experience with an important cultural goal: raising awareness among people of all ages about the natural heritage of Canada and the world."

—Paul Gosselin, Executive Director, Zoo de Granby

Quick Facts

The Government of Canada is providing total funding of $148,750 to the Zoo de Granby through the Canada 150 Fund.

The main themes of the Government of Canada's vision for the 150th anniversary of Confederation are diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the environment and youth.

The Canada 150 Fund was created in April 2015 and has a total budget of $200 million.

Through the Fund, the Government of Canada makes strategic investments in activities that support the vision of Canada 150 and encourage Canadians to take part.

Associated Links

Canada 150

Zoo de Granby


SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only), please contact: Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155,


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