Zoo's Miniature Train Ride Opening Late This Year

The Riverview Park and Zoo’s popular miniature train ride traditionally opens around the Victoria Day long weekend but not this season unfortunately.

The zoo has announced that the opening has been delayed due to the project for the rehabilitation of the pump house building at the dam being delayed by the poor weather this spring.

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“We are not able to operate the train until the project is completed,” the zoo says. “At this time, we’re estimating that we’ll be opening in the second week of June.”

For updates, follow the zoo on Twitter and Facebook.

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The Beloved Zoo Camel Gobi Has Passed Away

UPDATE (March 25th): People are leaving signs at the camel exhibit in honour of Gobi at the zoo. “We live in a wonderful community,” Zoo Manager & Curator Jim Moloney tells PTBOCanada. Here are some below (with Gobi’s mate Baika pictured in the background)…

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ORIGINAL POST (March 25th)

It is with great sadness that the staff of Riverview Park and Zoo have announced the death of their 10-year-old male Bactrian camel, Gobi.

Gobi came to the Park and Zoo from the Elmvale Zoo in the summer of 2009. With his large size, expressive face, and inquisitive and engaging nature, Gobi was a favourite with many of the zoo’s visitors.  

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Gobi

Gobi had been in good health and his death was both sudden and unexpected. He was found to be very ill when Animal Care Staff arrived on Saturday morning.

The Park and Zoo’s Consulting Veterinarian and Animal Health Team provided treatment and care throughout the day but unfortunately Gobi died overnight Saturday night. His sudden death was an especially difficult loss for staff.

His remains have been sent to the Animal Health Laboratory at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph for determination of the cause of death.

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The zoo would like thank their staff, staff from the Water Treatment Plant, and Dr. John Sallaway for their assistance in responding to Gobi’s sudden illness.

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Cuz Hey, Animals Like Unwrapping Presents Too...

The Riverview Park & Zoo in Peterborough posted adorable pictures of its animals unwrapping presents on their Facebook page.

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“The Animal Care Staff added a festive theme to their animal enrichment activities this week,” the zoo says. “Our animal enrichment program plays an important role in our animal wellness plan, providing stimulation to enhance the psychological and physiological wellness of our animals.”

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And, of course, the cat unwraps the box and ends up in the box…

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Remember The Old Monkey House At The Zoo

Way back in the day, the Riverview Park & Zoo's Dobbin Building down at the water was known as the "Monkey House", housing monkeys and various other slithery creatures.

The zoo shared vintage old pictures on their Facebook page of that house that will be a great trip down memory lane for many. Have a look at some pics  ("feeding the carps" not included—remember those nearby?) below...

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Peterborough Police & Riverview Park & Zoo Team Up To Show The Community Love For Boy After Recent Incident

You may recall the recent incident at Riverview Park & Zoo involving a boy named Logan with autism who was visiting the zoo with his family from Belleville when they were verbally accosted by a man that was apparently unhappy with Logan's behaviour.

"We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to this family and want to let them know that they are always more than welcome here at the Park and Zoo," the zoo wrote in a Facebook post, the remainder of the heartfelt entry you can read below...

Well on Monday (June 25th), the zoo showed just how welcoming they are, as they had Logan and his family (pictured below) back to the zoo for a private tour to show them what this community is really about—and how inclusive we are.

Photos of Logan and his family at the zoo courtesy Peterborough Police

Photos of Logan and his family at the zoo courtesy Peterborough Police

Not only that but the Peterborough Police showed up to show their support for Logan...

"After we heard this story we wanted to show up to support Logan, his Mom, his sister and his Nana," Peterborough Police said on their Facebook page. "Our community is about inclusion. Everyone has a place. Everyone belongs."

Photos of Logan and his family at the zoo courtesy Peterborough Police

Photos of Logan and his family at the zoo courtesy Peterborough Police

Logan, thanks for giving the zoo and Peterborough another chance.

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Riverview Park & Zoo Train Opens For Season

The miniature train ride is opening for the season at Riverview Park & Zoo. The train's regularly scheduled hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the cost is still just $2 (cash only).

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Update of what's open on Victoria Day long weekend at the Zoo...

Hours -> 8:30 am - dusk

Miniature Train Ride: Open (weather permitting)
Snack Bar: Open
Guest Services: Open
Playground and Super Slide: Open
Splash Pad: Not Open Yet
Wheel Chair Swings: Not Open Yet

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Riverview Park & Zoo Has New Totem Pole Crafted By Jody Paudash Of Hiawatha First Nation

On Sunday (October 2nd), there was a Totem Pole Re-Dedication Ceremony at the Peterborough Zoo to celebrate the brand new totem pole that replaced the old one that had to be removed a couple years ago.

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Photo of re-dedication ceremony

"The original totem pole was erected 43 years ago (almost to the day) on Saturday, September 29th, 1973," Zoo Manager and Curator Jim Moloney tells PTBOCanada. "It was generously donated to RPZ/Peterborough Utilities by Whetung Ojibwa Crafts and was given as a symbol of friendship between our communities. It was carved by Norman Knott of Curve Lake First Nation. Unfortunately it had to be removed in 2014 due to safety concerns (it was damaged by carpenter ants and wood rot)." 

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New totem pole

"We felt it was important to replace the totem pole as an ongoing symbol of the area's diverse heritage and friendship among our communities," adds Moloney. "The new totem pole is approximately 12m (40') in height and features 12 hand-carved and painted totems artfully crafted by local artist Jody Paudash of Hiawatha First Nation. The project has taken more than a year."

Photo from re-dedication ceremony

Photo from re-dedication ceremony

As one person remarked on the Zoo's Facebook page, "I so missed the old totem pole in the park but am now loving the new one. Thanks Jody and the Zoo for bringing back great memories and erecting the new totem pole for future memories to come."

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Riverview Park & Zoo Train To Close Early This Season

The Riverview Park and Zoo has announced that their miniature train ride will be closing for the season following Labour Day weekend this year.

Although the train normally operates on fall weekends right up until Thanksgiving, the ride is closing early this year to allow rehabilitation of the rail bed and tracks in some areas.

The zoo says this rehabilitation work is likely to carry on well into the fall.

To view photos of the original train construction back in the day, click here.

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GE In Peterborough Restored The Merry-Go-Round At Riverview Park & Zoo

General Electric in Peterborough originally donated the Merry-Go-Round to the Riverview Park and Zoo in 1986, and have refurbished it several times over the years.

The ride has grown a little rusty over the years from use—and weather—so it has been restored again, for free, by the great people at GE, Zoo Manager and Curator Jim Moloney tells PTBOCanada. 

"Didn't they do a fantastic job?," Moloney says. "We can't wait to see it in use!"

We can't wait to use it!

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