Zoo de Granby is one of the major zoos located in Canada and North America’s northeast. It is home to nearly 1500 animals from over 225 different species and celebrated its 60th birthday in 2013.
It was founded by Mr. Pierre-Horace Boivin, a man who deeply influenced the course of the City of Granby’s history. Pierre-Horace Boivin had always loved animals. As a youth he owned half a dozen dogs that he had trained. He then cared for horses and a goat born with only three legs. His collection of animals gradually increased.
He undertook the construction of the Zoo shortly following his election as mayor of Granby.
In 1944 he convinced three of his friends to give him a piece of land running along Bourget Street; it didn’t take long before the Zoo de Granby was short on space. The need for this first expansion was due to Mr. Boivin’s habit of asking his hosts during his travels for an animal to place in his Zoo.