Rainforest Building Update
Good news! We’re reopening the Rainforest Building to public visitors starting on May 5th at 10 am! Wildlife Visitor Experience hosts will be pulsing small, masked groups (20 max) of visitors into the building in 15-minute intervals for a chance to see Dossi, the baby, and the troop. This will allow our troop time to get comfortable with us welcoming visitors back into their space.
A few reminders:
- Mask wear is required for all visitors (ages 3+) while inside the Rainforest building to help keep our gorilla troop safe;
- The troop will continue to have access to the back-of-house area so catching a glimpse of the wee one is not guaranteed during your visit; and
- The Rainforest building hours are 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. However, our Animal Care, Health & Welfare team may close the Rainforest building for short periods throughout the day for cleaning or to give our troop some privacy and quiet time. 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, and other susceptible species, 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 April 8, 2022, please note the following changes on zoo grounds:
- The Rainforest Aviary and the Jihad Shibley Rocky Mountain Aviary are closed;
- All other birds (Chilean flamingos, ostrich, whooping crane, crown cranes, peacocks, and pheasants) will remain indoors and will not be viewable; and
- Other susceptible species, such as wild boars and red river hogs, may have adjusted viewing.
Beginning on April 15, we are 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 to only the Animal Care, Health & Welfare team, 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.
Commencing on April 19, 2022, the Canadian Wilds will have two viewing paths:
- North path – enter through the top entrance, travel through to the Jihad Shibley Rocky Mountain Aviary and back. On this journey, you will see bighorn sheep, rocky mountain goats, and the aviary species.
- South path - enter through the lower entrance by the zoo bridge, travel along the pathway through to the Brawn Family Foundation Bugtopia and back. On this route, you will see cougars, black bears, grizzly bears, North American porcupine, moose, and grey wolves.
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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