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    Upcoming Closure Notices

    The following is the list of upcoming building and zoo grounds closures:

    • September 26 - October 9, 2022: African Savannah Building - the African Savannah Building will be closed for maintenance during this time. If the weather permits, you'll be able to view the red river hogs and giraffes in their outdoor habitats. Species without outdoor access (rock hyrax, slender-tailed meerkats, African Crested porcupine, Egyptian tortoise, round-nosed plated lizards, and hippos) will not be viewable during this time.
    • September 28, 2022: Rainforest Aviary - the Rainforest Aviary will be closed to protect our birds from avian influenza. Please see below for additional details.
       
    • October 17 - November 7, 2022: Rainforest Aviary - the Rainforest Aviary (located inside the Rainforest Building) will be closed for maintenance during this time. The rest of the Rainforest Building will remain open for viewing.

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


    Help us protect the animals we love from the very contagious avian flu!

    We are proactively taking steps to protect our birds from avian influenza which has been confirmed in Alberta. If you have contact with live chickens, geese, ducks or turkeys, please shower/bathe and change your shoes and clothes before visiting the zoo. Read on to learn more.

    As of September 28, 2022, please note the following changes on zoo grounds:  

    • The Rainforest Aviary is closed;  
    • All other birds (Chilean flamingos, ostrich, crown cranes, peacocks, and pheasants) will be moved indoors and may not be viewable; and 
    • The indoor habitat at Penguin Plunge will remain open for now with increased pathway disinfection, and everyone entering Penguin Plunge will step on a disinfecting mat in the entrance vestibule.  

    We are also asking all visitors entering zoo grounds to notify Guest Relations or Security team members if they have been around live chickens, turkeys, ducks or geese in the past week. If you are wearing the same shoes and clothes as when you were around live chickens, ducks, turkeys or geese, you will not be permitted to enter zoo grounds and will be encouraged to return on another day.

    The health and well-being of the animals we love and care for is our primary concern. By limiting access to our beloved birds, we are helping to protect them from any contamination that may come from outside of the zoo. Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. 


    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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Thanksgiving
Zoo Activities

Harvest Dinner - Oct 8 - 10

Celebrate everything you're grateful for this season at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. Join us for a cozy day spent exploring the zoo, followed by an amazing four-course turkey dinner at our Harvest Dinner or enjoy the meal in the comfort of your own home with our curbside heat at home pick up option.

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ZooDunnit
Zoo Activities

ZooDunnit (18+) - Oct 14

We need your help to crack the case! Join us this October for a brand new live murder mystery game. Gather clues, engage with a shady cast of characters and enjoy food and drinks throughout the zoo. This adults only night will have your team of detectives on your toes as you discover who is ‘lion’.

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After Hours: Gorillas - Oct 22

It has been a busy year for our western lowland gorilla troop. Join us for an evening of inspired conversation and a delicious four course dinner prepared by our award-winning culinary team. 

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Halloween Brunch
Zoo Activities

Halloween Brunch - Oct 29 & 30

Enjoy a boo-tastic Halloween themed brunch including special décor, a specialty menu and desserts, and Halloween music! Come dressed in your favourite Halloween costume to make the day extra fun!

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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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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.