There is a little town on the Alberta Prairies called Three Hills.
The town is famous for a few things.
First, there are three hills just outside of town. Actually, they are more like giant dirt mounds but on the Alberta grasslands that is pretty good.
Second, Three Hills has a college. Not a big one but a college none the less.
And finally, this sleepy town has a Zoo called the GuZoo.
The GuZoo has been in the news for the last while. It seems the owner of this private zoo had been allegedly mistreating his collection of exotic animals for years. In March a petition was started on Facebook that called for the investigation of the GuZoo and it’s treatment of animals.
After the inspection and assessment of 108 items under the Alberta Zoo Standards, the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums has revoked Guzoo’s license.
I have been to the GuZoo with my kids and they had a great time. They got to hold a baby tiger and lion. They were able to feed many of the animals. I am not expert on animal care so I leave my description at that. My kids had a great time.
What I will do is make a list about the GuZoo. Whether you like or dislike this little animal collection, you cannot dispute these facts.
Here are 7 facts about the GuZoo
1. Lynn Gustafson is the owner and visionary behind the GuZoo. He Dreamed it. He Built it. He Runs it as a true family business.
2. In 1990 the GuZoo became a licensed zoo under the government of Alberta. Since that time the GuZoo grew to become Canada’s largest private zoo.
3. The GuZoo feels that animals educate. That is why they had a hands on approach to their animals. What that means is that visitors were allowed to make contact with many of their animals, including some of the exotic ones.
4. The Collection of Animals grew to around 400 animals. Many of the animals came the GuZoo when the owners could not care for their pets anymore. This included big cats and other exotic pets.
5. The GuZoo also had a traveling petting zoo that traveled in the local area.
6. During feeding time, visitors were welcome to come help zoo staff sort and feed the animals. I have never seen the Calgary Zoo do this.
7. The GuZoo always seemed to have baby animals present. There may have been some standards that were not being kept by the GuZoo but it was not the breeding program. That is one area they got it right.
Tell us your thoughts on the GuZoo.