The Greater Vancouver Zoo marked its 47th anniversary on Aug. 19 and 20. (Zoo photo)

Party animals gather at the zoo in east Langley

More than 3,500 people visited the zoo during two days of anniversary celebrations.

This past weekend was time to party at the Greater Vancouver Zoo to mark its 47th anniversary.

“We were very pleased with the anniversary event and feel it was very well received by guests,” said Menita Prasad, the zoo’s animal care manager. “We had just over 3,500 people through for the event. We did not have special treats planned for the animals as our focus for the anniversary event was celebrating the overwhelming support we receive from the community and giving back to them to show our appreciation.”

A new owner took over the zoo in late 2015 from the previous owner who was in his 80s.

The zoo started as the Vancouver Game Farm in 1970. Its first tenant was a llama named Dennis. The facility’s name was changed to the Greater Vancouver Zoological Centre and in 1999 was renamed the Greater Vancouver Zoo.

 

The Greater Vancouver Zoo marked its 47th anniversary on Aug. 19 and 20. (Zoo photo)

The Greater Vancouver Zoo marked its 47th anniversary on Aug. 19 and 20. (Zoo photo)

The Greater Vancouver Zoo marked its 47th anniversary on Aug. 19 and 20. (Zoo photo)

The Greater Vancouver Zoo marked its 47th anniversary on Aug. 19 and 20. (Zoo photo)

The Greater Vancouver Zoo marked its 47th anniversary on Aug. 19 and 20. (Zoo photo)

The Greater Vancouver Zoo started out as the Vancouver Game Farm. (Heather Colpitts collection)