Leave a Legacy
You & The Edmonton Valley Zoo
We need you to make the Nature’s Wild Backyard project a reality. We cannot do this without your support. Make your donation a permanent legacy by engraving a loved one’s name on one of our donor trees.
To donate either online or by mail,
click the donor tree to the right.
Cultivate Natural Curiosity
Children have a natural affinity for nature. Encouraging their curiosity has become an important role for Zoos to play. Teaching children to love and care for animals and their environment is one of the most important steps to helping them make a difference in the world they will live in as adults. Teaching them about the animals they share their world with is what the new children’s zoo at Edmonton Valley Zoo will be all about. Nature’s Wild Backyard will provide a meaningful place for children to invest their endless creative energies.
Children & Animals
We often hear it said that television is now the main medium for teaching children about wildlife. It is not difficult to argue with this proposition, but it cannot compete with getting closer to the real thing.
A visit to the zoo is so memorable. Who could forget a Red Panda baby pouncing on her Mom as she walks past, or the way a prairie dog wriggles its nose while it chews, or the playfulness of a pair of otters? A face-to-face encounter with a nubian goat is unlike anything that television could ever offer. Only by getting up close do you realize just how large an elephant is, just how agile monkeys are, just how colorful the parrots are. There is something about the solid, three dimensional living, living, moving animal with all its smells and sounds that imprints itself upon the mind, and for children the distinction is even more emphatic. Something about the experience that children have when they see a live animal, even in the wild or in a zoo, cannot be replaced by other teaching aids. This is the key to the powerful educational potential of good zoos.
When you teach a child to be kind to animals, you help pave the way to a brighter future for all living beings. Animals benefit because the next generation has learned to treat them with respect and compassion, reducing instances of animal cruelty. Children benefit because learning about compassion and empathy early in life builds moral character, reduces violence, and builds a sense of empowerment and responsibility. And society as a whole benefits when its members are more caring towards each other and the animals who live among us.