Posted: 10 August 2021
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is pleased to welcome the Biodôme de Montréal to the global zoo and aquarium community as a new Institutional Member.
The Biodôme de Montréal is one of five institutions in Montréal Space for Life (Espace pour la Vie) – Canada’s largest natural science complex, located in Montreal. The Biodôme was inaugurated in 1992, followed by a period of closure for construction works in which the institution was radically redesigned between 2018 and 2020. The renovated Biodôme offers visitors a unique sensory experience, blending science, art, and emotion to enable them to experience the climatic conditions of each of the five American ecosystems represented under one roof. Biodôme de Montréal is home to over 3,000 animals from 200 different species and 800 plant species
Based in the former velodrome of the 1976 Summer Olympics, the Biodôme supports people to better experience nature through educational activities, research and conservation initiatives. In addition to conservation programmes for indigenous species, the Biodôme is involved in habitat restoration programmes and is currently planning conservation projects related to the St. Lawrence River ecosystem.
“We are delighted to expand our global community by welcoming Biodôme de Montréal as a new WAZA Institutional member,” said Dr Martín Zordan, Chief Executive Officer of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). “As a global community committed to high standards of animal welfare and conserving biodiversity, we are able to further increase our impact by having more like-minded organisations like the Biodôme de Montréal joining us.”
“Montréal Space for Life shares the same values and priorities as WAZA, such as animal welfare, conservation and scientific research, protection of biodiversity and the link between humans and nature. This membership is therefore essential for the Biodôme and we intend to maintain it while continuing to improve our practices and facilities,” said Yves Paris, Director of the Biodôme de Montréal.
For more information and to learn more about Biodôme de Montréal, please visit: espacepourlavie.ca/biodome
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the global alliance of regional associations, national federations, zoos and aquariums, dedicated to the care and conservation of animals and their habitats around the world.