BC Wildlife Park

BC Wildlife Park

City Parks & Facilities

9077 Dallas Dr, Kamloops, BC V2C 6V1, Canada
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On February 15, 1965, Wildlife Park founder John Moelaert, proposed to the chamber that a zoological facility would be an attraction for both residents and visitors alike. The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce felt that Kamloops was a ‘one-night stop’ and needed more attractions so that visitors would stay longer and benefit the economy. A Chamber sponsored public meeting on March 17th, 1965, in the old Kamloops Library to discuss the possibility of establishing a Wildlife Park. This quickly led to the formation of the Greater Kamloops Zoological Society, which was registered under the Societies Act on March 31, 1965.

The Society’s first task was to find a suitable site and soon entered into discussions with Molson’s Breweries who owned a hop farm to the east of the city. In February 11, 1966 Molson’s Breweries officially donated 106 acres of land to be used ‘in perpetuity’ as a wildlife park. On August 16, 1966 the first exhibits were opened to the public.

Over the forty year history of the Society, the BC Wildlife Park has been continually enhanced through the tremendous support of volunteers and business professionals throughout the province.

Today, the Kamloops Wildlife Park Society is governed by a volunteer board of 14 directors elected at the Annual General Meeting from a membership of over 8,000 people. The BC Wildlife Park attained national status in 1987 when it received accreditation from the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA).

The BC Wildlife Park will be a recognized leader in conservation and tourism in British Columbia

Our Vision
To contribute to a future that embraces conservation of wild ecosystems,
biodiversity and a healthy natural environment.

Our Mission
To encourage the appreciation of and respect for BC’s wildlife,
and to assist in preserving biodiversity through education,
research, captive breeding and rehabilitation services.

Our Motto
Conservation through Education.
Our Philosophy

The BC Wildlife Park connects people to BC’s wildlife and wild places in order to encourage a sustainable society within a healthy natural environment.
To ensure we achieve our Vision and Mission, the BC Wildlife Park facilities and on site and outreach programming are developed according to the following over arching themes:

  • Creating positive emotional connections to wildlife
  • Experiencing the interconnectedness of nature
  • Emphasizing the importance and power of individual responsibility

The New Vision is to develop the facilities and the on site and extension programming in partnership with government and the private sector to interpret BC wildlife and promote sustainability to all people in BC and nature tourists from around the world.

Activity Stream

Sun, Nov 29, 2020 at 9:04 am - Matthew Sharples created a new Profile
Sun, Nov 29, 2020 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Dewdrop Ridge in the Fall
Thu, Nov 26, 2020 at 9:02 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Up Jag Hill – Kamloops Trails
Tue, Nov 24, 2020 at 5:23 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Friendships make life and climate better
Tue, Nov 24, 2020 at 3:39 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Province puts industrial logging interests before wildlife, again
Tue, Nov 24, 2020 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: On Ross Moore Lake – Kamloops Trails
Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 9:01 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Hidden Homesteads – Kamloops Trails
Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Late Season on Inks Lake
Wed, Nov 18, 2020 at 8:54 pm - Julio Amaya created a new Profile
Wed, Nov 18, 2020 at 8:54 pm - Andrew Choi created a new Profile
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Newest Members

Matthew Sharples Became a member on 2020-11-29 17:03:07
Chris Became a member on 2020-11-12 03:27:08
Berna Porter Became a member on 2020-11-12 03:01:27
Roastie Toastie Became a member on 2020-11-04 22:43:54
Nicole St Godard Became a member on 2020-10-29 23:03:46
Brian Leung Became a member on 2020-10-24 17:58:46
Tamryn Fudge Became a member on 2020-10-19 22:06:22
Deep Jagpal Became a member on 2020-10-03 16:15:09
Mel Jasman Became a member on 2020-09-30 19:27:01
Debbie Kadun Became a member on 2020-09-21 22:11:40