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Magnetic Hill Zoo

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Prices: The admission fees are $6 for adults, $5 for 60 years plus, $3.75 for 4–11 years, and toddlers are free.
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This critique last updated:  Dec 2007

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Visitor Reviews

This review written by Ken Kawata and reprinted by Kind Permission of International Zoo News

North of Moncton, NB, lies an entertainment area known as the Magnetic Hill, which includes amusement rides, a golf course, a mini-train, a hotel and Magnetic Hill Zoo, owned and run by the city of Moncton (pop. 59,300).  The zoo began as a ranger station with orphaned and injured native animals. It grew into a game farm, which was purchased by the city in 1978. We visited this growing zoo on 4 June. Entering the zoo, one would immediately notice that labels and signs are in both English and French, since New Brunswick is officially bilingual. Winding walkways lead visitors through the wooded area. Exhibits are well maintained and clean. Animals appear well cared for, provided with hiding places and furniture. Some animals are being moved into more spacious, newer quarters, such as the only moated enclosure for the American black bear. A quick tour of this facility gives the impression of another zoo in the process of shedding a menagerie identity. A nature trail through the forest adds a nice touch. The zoo has an ambitious master plan, and construction work is under way in the African oasis area.

Animals on exhibit included: 2 ring-tailed lemur, 2 squirrel monkey, 2 lion-tailed macaque, 4 Japanese macaque, 3 olive baboon, 2 white-handed gibbon, 2 Arctic wolf, 3 American black bear, 3 raccoon, 2 river otter, 1 puma, 1 Canadian lynx, 2 jaguar, 1.1 lion, 1.1 Siberian tiger, 4 llama, 1.1 wapiti, 2 reindeer, 1.2 white-tailed deer, 15 fallow deer, 1.1 sika deer, 2.2.3 mouflon, 4 Barbary sheep, 2 American bison, 2 eland, 1 scimitar-horned oryx, 1 Grant's zebra, 1 greater rhea, 1 emu, 1 marabou, 2 Canada goose, 2.2 mandarin duck, 1 black vulture, 2 bald eagle, 2 Swainson's hawk, 3 peregrine, 4 blue peafowl, 2 vulturine guinea fowl, 4 wild turkey, 2 East African crowned crane, 1 turtle dove, 1 green-winged macaw, 4 red-masked conure, 1 lesser sulphur-crested cockatoo, 1 blue-eyed cockatoo, 1 yellow-crowned amazon, 2 blue-fronted amazon, 3 barred owl, 2 great horned owl, 2 short-horned owl, 1 common crow, 1 starling and 3 eastern bluebird. An insectarium had poison-arrow frogs and an assortment of arthropods including 1 goliath bird-eater, 1 orange-kneed tarantula and several species of giant cockroaches.

After the tour we visited Bruce Dougan, the zoo's general manager and a former president of CAZA, and enjoyed swapping zoo stories. According to him, the New Brunswick government has taken action to upgrade zoos in the province, pushing them toward CAZA accreditation. Already, those that did not meet the standard were closed, a welcome trend for the zoo profession and animal welfare.

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