The True Story of the Stanley Park Swans

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The True Story of the Stanley Park Swans

If you’ve spent any time at the Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, you’ve almost definitely seen the Mute Swans.  They are large, strikingly lovely birds, and certainly one of the most memorable and defining aspects of the lagoon. Did you know, however, that they aren’t a native species to the Park or even to the


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Stanley Park petting zoo likely to close

In the Vancouver Sun today, there is an article about the Vancouver Park Board’s efforts to cut costs. Stanley Park houses the “children’s farmyard” which is a pretty standard example of a petting zoo, with small animals chased around and mishandled by loud children. Not exactly the happiest place for the animals. One of the


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Beautiful Prisoners

Many people enjoy seeing all the birds at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park here in Vancouver, the swans in particular. But I was troubled to learn that the swans are not there because they like the lake, but because they are kept there. They all have their wing tendons clipped so that they can’t fly


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