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Wild Animals in Stanley Park

There are many small wild animals that live in Stanley Park.  For being so close to a major city, you can see eagles, beavers, swans, great blue herons, squirrels, racoons, ducks, canada geese, and many other animals.

Fortunately, there are no large dangerous animals that live in the park.  There was a deer a few years ago that lived in the park.  Unfortunately, it was hit by a car.

Please do not feed the animals in Stanley Park.  They are wild animals and if they become accustomed to humans, they may become a threat and will have to be put down.

Great Blue Herons

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron is an endangered bird.  Stanley Park has a large nesting area of Great Blue Herons near the Tennis Courts.  You can usually see Great Blue Herons in the waters surrounding Stanley Park.

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Squirrel in Stanley Park
Squirrel in Stanley Park

There are lots of squirrels in Stanley Park.  There are primarily Eastern Grey Squirrels and Douglas squirrels.

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Ducks in Stanley Park
Ducks in Stanley Park

There are lots of ducks in Stanley Park.  The largest concentration of ducks is around Lost Lagoon and the Duck Pond.  There are many types of ducks including: gadwalls, common goldeneyes, buffleheads, barrow's goldeneye, mallard...

The Mallad ducks used to be migratory, but now just live year round in Stanley Park.


Racoon in Stanley Park
Racoon in Stanley Park

There are lots of racoons in Stanley Park.  They primarily hang out around Lost Lagoon and the Duck Pond.


There are eagles in Stanley Park.  We think that the best place to see them is in the tall trees near the Stanley Park Pavilion.

Canada Geese

Canada Goose in Stanley Park
Canada Goose in Stanley Park


There are some coyotes in Stanley Park.  Generally, they stay away from humans, but if you see one, "Be Big, Brave and Loud", i.e. stand tall with your arms overhead, yell "Go Away", stand your ground and never run.


In September 2015, there was a deer that resided in Stanley Park.  He must have somehow made it over the Lions Gate Bridge into Stanley Park.  It became friendly with people and people were feeding it.  It became known as the 'Downtown Deer'.  Unfortunately, after a couple of weeks it was struck by a car and unfortunately died.


There are beavers in Stanley Park.  There is one that is building a house under the stone bridge at the Duck Pond.  There are one or more beavers that live in and near Beaver Lake.


Swan in Stanley Park
Swan in Stanley Park

There used to be a few hundred mute swans in Stanley Park.  The last 3 swans were retired to a private sanctuary in August 2016, so unfortunately there are no more swans in Stanley Park.

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There are turtles in Lost Lagoon.  On sunny days, you can see them sunning themselves.  Most likely, these were somebody's pet that they released in Lost Lagoon.

Other Birds

There are many other types of birds in Stanley Park other than the Blue Herons, Eagles, and Swans mentioned above.  Some of the other birds spotted in the park are: Belted Kingfisher, Seagulls, Anna's Hummingbirds, Woodpeckers...

At Beaver Lake there are marsh wrens, chestnut-backed chickadees, willow flycatchers, and others.

Stanley Park Rooster

In 2016, there was a rooster hanging around Stanley Park.  He was named 'Ricky' and was looked after by the parks staff.  He hung out near the horse barns off of Pipeline road.  The parks staff even had some boots made for him to help with his bumblefoot condition.  Unfortunately, Ricky broke his leg and died from complications of surgery to repair his leg.

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