image

Winston the Assiniboine Park Zoo Mascot in Winnipeg, Canada

Kids love going to Assiniboine Park Zoo. They are often greeted by Winston, the zoo’s lovable mascot. What better way to start your day than with a photo op while getting a polar bear hug? He was introduced during the summer of 2014 when the new Journey to Churchill section was opened.

image

Three Pronghorns at Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada

This trio of pronghorns appear to be juveniles. On the left is a female. The two males on the right have a hint of black below their chins and are showing emerging horns. At maturity, they will weigh 85 to 140 pounds. Pronghorns are the fastest animal native to northwestern United States and southern Manitoba. […]

image

Sea Ice Passage at Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada

The Journey to Churchill opened at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in 2014. It is a tribute to Churchill in northern Manitoba along Hudson Bay. The town is called the “Polar Bear Capital of the World.” The highlight of the exhibit is this 70 foot long tunnel named Sea Ice Passage where polar bears swim and […]

image

Polar Bear on Back at Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada

Assiniboine Park Zoo is justifiably proud of their star residents: polar bears. You will be thrilled to watch them from the Gateway to the Artic viewing deck or from the glass tunnel while they swim overhead. A popular section is the Churchill Coast were the enormous Artic bears stroll along their native tundra. This is […]

image

Muskox Resting at Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada

This muskox at Assiniboine Park Zoo does not look very motivated. However, the beast can reach a speed of 37 miles an hour. This is surprising for an animal that can exceed 800 pounds. Both genders have curved horns. They are native to the Artic regions of Canada and Greenland. After becoming extinct in Alaska, […]

image

Muskox Calf at Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada

This baby male muskox was born at Assiniboine Park Zoo in 2015. The gestation period for muskox is eight months. After two months of nursing, a calf begins to eat only vegetation. In the wild, a calf is expected to keep up with the heard within a few hours of birth. Their life expectancy is […]

image

Indian Blue Peacock at Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada

In many zoos around the world, peafowl are allowed to roam the grounds while delighting visitors with their iridescent colors and showy displays of tail feathers. The peacock’s upper wings make it easy to see they are a relative to pheasants. The male Indian blue peafowl is well named: it has a blue crown and […]

image

Boreal Woodland Caribou at Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada

The boreal woodland caribou is the largest of the caribou species found in all Canadian provinces plus Alaska. The shoulder height of males can reach four feet with a weight up to 450 pounds. Although both genders can grow antlers, the males are much broader. The profile of this magnificent animal has been on the […]

image

Assiniboine Park Zoo Entrance in Winnipeg, Canada

Assiniboine Park Zoo is one of the top attractions in Winnipeg. Since opening in 1904, it has grown into 400 acres with exhibits of 1,500 animals representing 150 species. At the entrance plaza is this bronze ensemble called Mother Polar Bear and Cubs. The work was created by Peter Sawatzky. The sculptures were donated in […]

image

Origin of Wellington Crescent in Winnipeg, Canada

The most exclusive neighborhood in Winnipeg began in 1889 when John Henry Munson purchased a mansion along the Assiniboine River. He called his property Crescentwood. During the next twenty years, more of the city’s rich built lavish homes along Wellington Crescent. It is well worth a slow drive but it is better to take a […]