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Black-footed ferrets were thought to be globally extinct until a small group was discovered in 1981 in Wyoming by a ranch dog named Shep.
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Our north parking lots are open 365 days a year; due to City of Calgary construction, the southwest parking lot will not reopen until later in the summer or early fall.
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Gates & Services
(March 21 - October 13 2014)
Gates open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(Due to City of Calgary construction, the southwest gate will not reopen until 2015)
Kitamba Café 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
Kitamba Java and Penguin Café 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
Dairy and Tribal Treats 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily (weather dependent)
Zoo Grounds close at 6 p.m.
Savannah, TransAlta Rainforest and Eurasian Gateway 9 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Penguin Plunge last entrance at 4:15 p.m., building closes at 4:30 p.m.
(Penguin Plunge hours vary as the light cycle inside the building mimics daylight hours)
(October 14, 2014 to March 20, 2015)
Gates open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
Concessions and Retail open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily*
Buildings: Savannah, TransAlta Rainforest and Elephants Crossing open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Penguin Plunge open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last guests in at 4:15 p.m.)
Zoo closes at 6:00 p.m.
* Concession and retail locations vary during the winter period.
NOTE: During the winter season, due to shorter daylight hours, some animals are “put to bed” before the darkness settles in, beginning as early as 3:30 p.m., both for their safety and the safety of our staff. Penguin Plunge closes at 4:30 p.m. as the light cycle in the building mimics our daylight hours. Also, as TransAlta Rainforest uses only natural light, it may close earlier in some periods.
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