• Media Releases

    ZOOGALA Interrupted…

    June 21, 2011

    Letter from the Executive Director…

    June 21, 2011

  • Saskatoon Zoo Foundation and WestWind Aviation ZOOGALA Interrupted Due to Inclement Weather


    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 21, 2011

    The Saskatoon Zoo Foundation thanks everyone who braved the inclement weather to attend the WestWind Aviation ZOOGALA on Friday, June 17th, 2011. It is unfortunate that due to the heavy rain and strong wind this event had to be cancelled within an hour of its start. Fortunately, and thanks to the immediate cooperation of all those in attendance, there was not major damage and no injuries reported during the evacuation of the ZOOGALA premises.

    "Indeed, the weather turned against us on Friday night, but we want to ensure all of our guests, sponsors and volunteers that we will be back next year with the same great event they have come to expect every year"

          assured Randy Moore, Chair of the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation.

    We will be contacting everyone by letter/email that purchased a ticket to ZOOGALA providing information and options for them to consider with regards to their tickets. We will also announce a special prize draw selected from our list of ZOOGALA ticket purchasers.

    Funds derived from special events such as ZOOGALA allow the Zoo Foundation to support capital developments such as the new Kinsmen Grizzly Bear Exhibit, the Lions Club Flight Rehabilitation Conservation Centre, PotashCorp Ark Phase 2, Affinity Learning Centre and the McDonalds Playground.


    The Saskatoon Zoo Foundation is an organization of volunteers dedicated to raising funds for capital improvements within the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. The long term goal is to provide diversified recreational and educational programming to citizens of Saskatchewan via a zoological, horticultural, and Heritage Park.

    For more information, contact:

    Barrie Meissner Saskatoon Zoo Foundation Executive Director

    Phone 306.975.2241 or Email


  • A Letter from the Executive Director

    Dear ZOOGALA Supporter

    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 21, 2011

    First and foremost, thank you for your support of ZOOGALA, the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation and – most of all – the Saskatoon Zoo. Your help is very much appreciated.

    We are all disappointed that extreme weather brought an early conclusion to this year's ZOOGALA celebrations. No one understands better than the people inside the tent that safety required a quick conclusion to the evening. Evacuation was simply the only option. Still, we very much regret there wasn't more of an opportunity for you to experience Zoogala and take part in the spectacular food and fun.

    We want to take this early opportunity to provide you with a variety of options in an attempt to set things right.

    The first option is to convert your tickets into a donation to the Zoo Foundation, for which a tax receipt representing 100% of the tickets' value will be issued. We are intensely grateful to so many of our patrons who suggested this option and have already converted tickets to donations. As you can understand, many of the costs and expenses of ZOOGALA were incurred in advance. Through the generosity of supporters who are converting their tickets to donations we will be able to reduce potential losses and, hopefully, break even. If we don't hear from you by August 1, 2011, your tickets will automatically be converted to a donation and a charitable receipt will be sent to you. Alternatively, if you wish to request a ticket refund, simply contact the Zoo Foundation office.

    Drink tickets can also be refunded by contacting the Foundation office.

    In addition to those who purchased tickets and tables, we're tremendously grateful to our sponsors, chefs and those who donated auction items, for sticking with us through this challenging experience. Our tent may have nearly blown away, but the evening's rain and wind simply caused our sponsors to dig in more firmly. Thank you to all – we are grateful for your flexibility and understanding.

    As a token of appreciation for your enduring support, we wanted to let you know that the door prize for the evening – a VIA Rail trip for two to Jasper Alberta – will be awarded. Anyone who purchased a ZOOGALA ticket will be eligible for the door prize. The draw will be made by August 15, 2011 and the winner will be posted on our website at www.saskatoonzoofoundation.ca.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

    Barrie Meissner Saskatoon Zoo Foundation Executive Director

    Phone 306.975.2241 or Email


Recent Projects

Affinity Learning Center

Kinsmen Bear Exhibit

Lions Flight & Conservation Center

The Animal Themed Accesible Park Playground

The PotashCorp Ark Visiting Animal Exhibit


New Additions

The Saskatoon Zoo receives guest animals, wildlife that requires rehabilitation, as well as new exhibit animals that will reside permanently at the Zoo. Watch here for more information.


Ongoing Projects

Watch for new and ongoing project information as we continue to work on funding future development at the Saskatoon Zoo.


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