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    Temporary Closure Notifications:

    • Rainforest Aviary: the Rainforest Aviary (located inside the African Rainforest Building) is closed for maintenance and will reopen on November 30, 2022. You can still access the rest of the African Rainforest building during this time to visit with some of your favourite species including western lowland gorillas, eastern black-and-white colobus monkeys, mandrills, and more! 

    We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. 


    ZOOLIGHTS Exclusions

    A friendly reminder that the following dates are excluded from regular ZOOLIGHTS admission:

    • November 29: Private event (ZOOLIGHTS is closed to the public)
    • December 1: Private event (ZOOLIGHTS is closed to the public)
    • December 25: the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is closed
    • December 31: Zoo Year's Eve (Family-friendly) presented by Orange Frog - this evening requires a separate admission ticket*
    • December 31: Zoo Year's Eve Late Night (18+) presented by Orange Frog - this evening requires a separate admission ticket*

    *Please note that regular ZOOLIGHTS admission tickets, zoo passes or complimentary tickets will not be accepted for admission on these nights. Visit our ZOOLIGHTS page for all the details.


    Changes in the Canadian Wilds

    To create some exciting new habitats and spaces in the Canadian Wilds, we are undergoing a massive construction project which will temporarily shift pathways and move some animals offsite until the construction is completed. Muskox, wood bison, bighorn sheep, woodland caribou, whooping crane, North American river otter, Rocky Mountain goat, and the residents of the Jihad Shibley Rocky Mountain Aviary are currently not viewable. Learn more and view the current Canadian Wilds map here. We’re working hard to minimize impacts while continuing to provide the best possible experience for both our visitors and the animals we love and care for. Thank you for your understanding.

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Zoo Activities

ZOOLIGHTS - Nov 18 - Jan 8

ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company, is back for its 26th year! Calgary's award winning, magical holiday tradition will be glowing for seven weeks of festive family-friendly fun. Enjoy all the magic of ZOOLIGHTS while supporting wildlife conservation - it's a win-win! 

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ZOOLIGHTS: Snow Globes - Nov 18 - Jan 8

This year’s ZOOLIGHTS is welcoming brand new rentable Snow Globes to make your next romantic date night, girls night out, family celebration or other occasion extra special! Enjoy your private oasis surrounded by twinkling lights at this one-of-a-kind experience. 

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Beary Merry - Dec 15

Eat, drink and be beary merry at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. Designed for small groups, this holiday party is the perfect way for you and your small business team, clients, group of friends or family to toast the season in a fun, festive and zoo-nique way.  

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Zoo Activities

Festive Brunch - Dec 18

Join us for a festive brunch experience in the heart of Destination Africa before heading out to enjoy a beautiful winter stroll around the zoo. Our specialty brunch menu features traditional breakfast items, cozy comfort foods and festive desserts!

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Zoo Activities

Festive Feast Takeaway - Dec 23 & 24

Get ready to take the fuss out of your holiday dinner and spend it with your family. You will bring home a chef inspired menu by Executive Chef Kenneth Titcomb that can be easily heated for you to enjoy on your own schedule.

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Shop the ZOOtique

This holiday season get a little WILDER with one of a kind gifts and unforgettable experiences. Plus your purchase supports wildlife conservation initiatives across Canada and internationally. Shopping and saving species – what’s not to love?

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Zoo Year's Eve (Family-friendly) - Dec 31

Celebrate the last night of the year with the best and brightest backdrop in the city. You'll be able to enjoy all the fun of ZOOLIGHTS with extra special activities added to help you ring in the New Year - including numerous countdowns and a Zoo Year’s Eve light show.

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Zoo Year's Eve Late Night (18+) - Dec 31

We are keeping the lights on until midnight to celebrate the New Year! This adults only late night event will include the beauty of ZOOLIGHTS and an extra special light show repeating all night long. Cheer on the countdown and spend the evening with the ones you love.

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Conservation

Gorillas on the Line

Gorillas are on the line - will you help us answer the call? Some cell phone parts use coltanan ore mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gorilla habitat is threatened by the mining for metals used in electronics. Recycling old cell phones (and small handheld electronics) raises money to directly support gorilla conservation initiatives through Gorilla SAFE programs!

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Zooniverse: Whooping Crane Project

We need your help! This year, the Calgary Zoo is working together with Canadian Wildlife Service, Parks Canada and the International Crane Foundation to determine whether we can use high-resolution satellite imagery to monitor whooping cranes. Channel your inner conservation researcher and join us in testing this new monitoring method!

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17 AUGUST 2022 (Calgary, AB) – The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is bringing back Calgary’s wildest party with a purpose. ZooLaLa (18+) is taking place on September 17th – you won't want to miss this...

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A Global Authority for Animal Stewardship and Conservation

If you’ve spent any time at the Calgary Zoo, you know that we are more than just a place to see animals. Like accredited zoos and aquariums world-wide, we are a force for animal welfare, wildlife conservation, and using science to sustain threatened wildlife in Canada and around the world. Incredible successes can be achieved when people are inspired to support wildlife conservation.

Together, with your support, we can make the world a wilder place.