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Mon, Feb 3, 2014

The Assiniboine Park Zoo

Did you recognize Kamal, the Asiatic Lion in the Assiniboine Park Zoo scene in episode 4? Or was it his twin brother Bhanu? It can be hard to tell the two apart!

Our team was lucky enough to get to know the two brothers a little bit better while shooting. Despite their regal appearance, the two love to play and were very curious of our crew and equipment. We also learned that the Assiniboine Park Zoo is the only North American facility to house Asiatic Lions! We are considering ourselves lucky, that’s for sure!

Although our team took advantage of fantastic subjects and amazing summer weather to shoot, the Zoo is also a great place to visit in the winter! There are a wide variety of cold-climate species that are very active in the wintertime.

Now, we know what you’re thinking. Spend all day out in the cold? No Thank You! Keep in mind however, that the Assiniboine Zoo also has plenty of warm indoor exhibits during the winter.

Toucan Ridge is a welcomed escape from the harsh winter cold. Featuring all sorts of exotic plants and animals from Central and South America, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a tropical paradise! 

New to the Zoo this year is the first of its kind, Polar Playground. A massive, interactive children’s play area, which includes a wall-sized icicle xylophone, a moving ice-mass floor, and much more! 

The Polar Playground will also be a part of the much-anticipated Journey to Churchill. Opening this year, the world-class exhibit will be the new home for the Zoo’s four polar bears. Hudson (2 year old male), Storm (3 year old male), Aurora and Kaska (1 year old female cubs). 

Just something else that is uniquely Winnipeg!

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