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    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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Zoo Activities

Alberta Biodiversity Festival - May 13-15

Join us for the first-ever Alberta Biodiversity Festival! Developed through a partnership between the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo and the Ministry of Alberta Environment and Parks’ and their Inglewood facility Bow Habitat Station, the festival will highlight the rich biodiversity in our province and what can be done for these diverse ecosystems. Get ready to connect with biodiversity, while participating in games, activities, photo ops, and more!

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Zoo Activities

ZooNights - May 20 & 21

Bring on the May Long at ZOONIGHTS! We're keeping the zoo open late over the May Long weekend so you can enjoy your favourite animals and the beautiful zoo grounds a little longer. Whether you make it a date night or you bring the whole family, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Included with day admission.

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Zoo Activities

Locked Zoo: Amazing Apes (18+) - May 27

Locked Zoo is back with a brand new game that will have you helping to protect endangered apes! Join us for a 2-hour, zoo-wide escape game that will challenge you to find clues throughout the zoo after-hours, solve an elaborate series of puzzles, and learn about wildlife conservation - to save species of course! Pre-order a delicious dinner box and grab a bevy to sip while you play!

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Zoo Activities

Zoo Brew (18+) - June 4

Cheers to a hoppy night at the zoo.  The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo has teamed up with BeerGuysYYC for an evening full of local craft beer, local food, fun activities and best of all … no kids! Wander the zoo with a drink in hand at this twilight event and watch as the zoo transforms into a peaceful evening escape – perfect for a girls’ nights out, a romantic date night. This is an 18+ event.  

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Zoo Activities

Father's Day Brunch - June 19

Treat your dad to a Father's Day brunch he will love! We're serving up a chef-created menu of delicious sweet and savory brunch favourites that are sure to make dad feel extra special. Our Father's Day themed brunch includes special décor, a specialty menu and desserts, and fun crafts for the kids! 

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Zoo Activities

2022 Safari Sunday Brunch

Swing by the zoo for a wild brunch buffet every Sunday from January 16, 2022 to November 13, 2022! 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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Zoo Activities

Focused - May 14

Catch the morning light and the animals at their finest. Shutterbugs (ages 16+) will have EXCLUSIVE ACCESS to the Exploration Asia section of the Zoo from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. to capture stunning photography of iconic wildlife - from Camels to Tigers and everything in between!

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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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