What do we do with our animals in the winter?

This is one of the most common questions asked by visitors.  All of the birds and animals remain at the park during the winter months.

Asian elephants

Hoofed Stock

Most of our animals were born at the park or are native to colder climates and are familiar with our Canadian winters.  Many of our hoofed stock that you may not expect remain outside all year round.  For example, camels are known for their ability to handle extreme cold and extreme heat as they originate from Mongolia and central China.


Although those that are not native to colder climates have access to large heated facilities, many adapt to the winter weather in a variety of ways, such as growing thicker coats, and enjoy a play in the snow!  Our animal care staff frequently find our Southern White Rhinos making “rhino angels” in the snow.

Large cats


African Lion Safari houses a wide variety of species of birds of prey.  Many are from North America and are accustomed to our cold winter months as well as focal species from around the world that have adapted to our winter months.