The Biodôme’s Special 25th Birthday Weekend

Come on a Behind-the-Scenes Rally to celebrate the Biodôme’s 25th birthday. It’s a fun experience that will show you everything it takes to create and maintain a “house of life.” Get your “passport” stamped at the different stations explaining different aspects of what goes on in the institution’s hidden spaces. How do they care for the 4,500 animals and 500 plant species? How do they manage the seawater filtration system? What goes into preparing the animals’ meals? The Behind-the-Scenes Rally will answer these questions and many more! The unusual tour leads visitors through the ecosystems and continues behind the scenes. Here, in these very busy spaces, you’ll meet the experts hard at work maintaining the health of the Biodôme’s residents and their living quarters, while others conduct research into biodiversity. Step into the veterinary clinic and see how the staff cares for an amazing variety of animals. Near the basin, our divers will talk about their underwater work – a fascinating and very unusual job!

Some interesting facts about the Montreal Biodôme
– The Biodôme was opened in 1992 in the former Velodrome built for the 1976 Olympic Games. This bold statement by architect Roger Taillibert is part of Montreal’s architectural heritage.
– Its rounded shape is evocative of a fossilized shell called a trilobite.
– It is one of Montreal’s most popular paid tourist attractions, with close to 22 million visitors since it opened.
– Its name means “house of life.” It is a member of the US Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and of Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA), and is renowned for the quality of its environments, its impressive biodiversity and the remarkable expertise it has developed.

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