Zoo Gorilla Incident

Oct 01, 2013

Late in the afternoon on Sunday, September 29th, some of our gorillas accessed a secondary containment area (the keeper kitchen) next to their enclosure in the TransAlta Rainforest building. No staff members or gorillas were injured in the incident. The Calgary Zoo takes these  kinds of incidents very seriously and appropriate actions will be taken once our investigation is complete. Over the past three years we have invested significantly in infrastructure and in establishing safe working systems which have resulted in dramatic improvements in our animal care and safety standards as was recognized in our recent AZA and CAZA accreditation. This incident is a reminder that there is no room for error or complacency when working with dangerous animals and we will continue to work with our staff team to reduce risk wherever possible.