Saturday, May 8, 2010


This is an official card from Canada with some of the animals that lived in the Stanley Park Zoo in Vancouver.

CA-102401, sent by Karen.
"Stanley Park is a 404.9 hectares (1,001 acres) urban park bordering downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada. It was opened in 1888 by Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor-General of Canada.
Until 1996, a main attraction in the park was a zoo, which grew out of the collection of animals begun by the first park superintendent, Henry Avison, after he captured a black bear and chained it to a stump. Avison was subsequently named city pound keeper, and his collection of animals formed the basis for the original zoo, which eventually housed over 50 animals, including snakes, wolves, emus, buffalos, kangaroos, monkeys and Humboldt penguins.
In 1994, when plans were developed to upgrade Stanley Park's zoo, Vancouver voters instead decided to phase it out when the question was posed in a referendum. The Stanley Park Zoo closed completely in December 1997 after the last remaining animal, a polar bear named Tuk, died at age 36. He had remained after the other animals had left because of his old age. The polar bear pit, often criticised by animal rights activists, was converted into a demonstration salmon spawning hatchery. Captive animals can still be viewed at the Children’s Farmyard. Numerous varieties of animals live in the park, including 200 bird species, such as peacocks descended from the old zoo, as well as other non-native species." - in: wikipedia

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