Learn more about the Edmonton Valley Zoo's plans for animal care and conservation as well as the construction planned to support these initiatives.
Polar Extremes: Arctic Shores opened to the public March 2012.
Phase I of Polar Extremes is inspired by an Arctic shoreline, allowing guests to get closer to animals and nature in a naturalized environment. Harbour seals and northern fur seals can be viewed enjoying their new indoor/outdoor pool and shoreline. Arctic ground squirrels are also enjoying into their new habitat.
As part of the City of Edmonton's commitment to the environment, the exhibit was created with many sustainable features, including:
- Green roof to minimize storm water runoff.
- Capturing storm water and treating it on site using streams and natural wetlands.
- Treating the water in the seal/sea lion pools on site with a combination of mechanical equipment and subsurface saltwater wetland so it can be reused in the animals' aquatic home.
- Drought-tolerant planting.
- Dark-sky-compliant exterior lighting.
Life Support Building
The Life Support Building houses a state-of-the-art filtration designed to minimize energy by utilizing wetland treatment systems. Pool water is filtered naturally by plant materials within a working salt water marsh serving as a natural water treatment facility. In total 870,000 litres or 229,000 gallons of water is circulated and filtered every 90 minutes. This is the total volume of water that the seals swim and splash about in their home.