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    Early Grounds Closure on February 8, 2023

    The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo will be closing at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, for a private employee celebration. The last entry for members and day admission ticket holders will be 12 p.m. The zoo grounds will be cleared by 2 p.m. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we take some time to celebrate our talented teams' hard work and dedication! 


    Early Building Closure on February 11, 13, and 14, 2023

    Please note that the ENMAX Conservatory will be closing at 3:00 p.m. on February 11, 13, & 14 to accommodate set up for our annual Valentine's Day event, In the Heat of the Night. We apologize for any inconvenience.


    Smoke/Vape-Free Facility as of January 1, 2023

    As of January 1, 2023, the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is a smoke and vape-free facility. This policy supports our commitment to health and safety and ensures compliance with the Government of Alberta’s Tobacco, Smoking and Vaping Reduction Act which has placed enforceable restrictions on tobacco, smoke and vape use in various outdoor environments including zoos. Visit our Security, Health & Safety page to learn more.


    Changes in the Canadian Wilds

    To create some exciting new habitats and spaces in the Canadian Wilds, we are undergoing an extensive construction project which will temporarily shift pathways and move some animals offsite. With some major construction milestones now complete, we are thrilled to be able to temporarily reopen the North Path of the Canadian Wilds. This means that bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain goats are once again available for viewing. We’re working hard to minimize impacts while providing the best possible experience for our visitors and the animals we love and care for. Thank you for your understanding. Learn more.

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Zoo Activities

Valentine's Day Brunch - Feb 12

Indulge in a delicious brunch while enjoying the company of your loved ones. This specialty brunch includes Valentine's decor and a 'love' inspired menu of savoury and sweet favourites.

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In the Heat of the Night - Feb 13

This unforgettable zoo-nique experience starts with a romantic dinner surrounded by lush gardens. You will then enjoy a cheeky presentation about how animals show their love in the wild. February 11 & 14 are sold out!

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Zoo Activities

Zoo You want to be our Valentine? - Feb 14

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we want to know … Zoo You Want to be our Valentine? Celebrate your love for the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo by donating to support the care and enrichment that our animals receive on Valentine's Day and beyond!

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Zoo Activities

FOCUSED - Mar 4

Shutterbugs (ages 16+) will have exclusive access to Exploration Asia from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. to capture stunning photography of iconic wildlife - from camels to tigers and everything in between! Photographers of all skill levels are welcome. 

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Wild About Art - Mar 18

​Our 3rd annual art and wine event! Support local artists and appreciate how nature inspires us all. Unique art of all kinds – painting, photography, sculptures, chalk, music, artistic performances and more will be paired with food and drinks throughout the zoo.

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Zoo Activities

2023 Sunday Safari Brunch

Swing by the zoo for a wild brunch buffet every Sunday from January 15, 2023 to November 12, 2023! Prepared by our incredible catering team and filled with all your breakfast favourites, there's a reason Sunday Safari Brunch has been a staple of zoo dining for years!

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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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Conservation

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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Celebrate the Month of Love at the Zoo - February Events

31 JANUARY 2023 (Calgary, AB) – The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is spreading the love all February long with love-ly events for all ages! From intimate date night ideas to enriching family fun, there...

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We're Walking Here!

12 JANUARY 2023 (Calgary, AB) – The king penguins at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo are getting ready to head out onto zoo grounds for the first official day of the 11th annual Penguin Walk! The...

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ZOOLIGHTS: Last Chance to Experience the Magic

2 JANUARY 2023 (Calgary, AB) – There’s only one week left to experience the family-friendly fun of Calgary’s favourite winter tradition! The magic of ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company...

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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.