CALGARY ZOO BLOG

Tony the Sax Man: the Music of ZOOLIGHTS

As you arrive at the zoo for ZOOLIGHTS presented by Olympia Trust Company and make your way across the concourse, a surprising sound fills the air. It’s not one usually associated with the zoo, like the roar of lions or chirping of birds. It’s a saxophone. The beautiful sound of jazzy Christmas music fills the air near the front entrance of the zoo, welcoming visitors to the magical holiday experience that is ZOOLIGHTS.

Tony Daoust, aka The Sax Man, first learned to play music when he was nine years old. At 12, his parents rented his first sax so that he could play it in the school band. Tony took to it like a natural and, except for a short hiatus after high school, has been playing ever since.

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The Gift Givers Guide for Animal Lovers

The holiday season is officially upon us and, along with hot chocolate, baked goods, and holiday movies, the pursuit of the perfect gifts is surely on your to-do list. Holiday shopping for the people you love can be tough. That’s why we’ve created a Calgary Zoo holiday gift guide! You can find the perfect gift for every animal-lover in your life right here at the Calgary Zoo and support wildlife conservation while you’re at it!

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7 Tips for the Best ZOOLIGHTS

Hot Chocolate? Check! Santa Claus? Check! Ice skating? Check!

ZOOLIGHTS has every tradition you need for a festive holiday season, all in one place! In fact, there are so many things to do, it can be hard to know where to begin. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here is are you Top 7 Tips for the best ZOOLIGHTS ever:

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The Team Behind ZOOLIGHTS

With twinkling lights, hot chocolate by the fire, and ice skating – to name just a few attractions – ZOOLIGHTS presented by Olympia Trust Company has become a holiday staple for many Calgarians. Every year, friends, families and couples frolic amongst two million lights and experience all of the classic holiday activities rolled into one.

Beginning November 23, 2018 and running until January 5, 2019, the festivities last seven weeks in total, but the task of creating Calgary’s most luminous holiday tradition takes much longer.

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Moosing Around with Maple

It’s a warm fall day and Glenda Misurelli is using a green apple to coax five-month-old moose, Maple, into her habitat at the Calgary Zoo as curious visitors look on. Glenda, a lead keeper in Canadian Wilds, picks up one of the apples and waves it enticingly. Previously disinterested, this seems to get the young moose’s attention. After all, who can resist a crisp apple in the middle of autumn?

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November: A Month of Giving Back

It’s been an incredible year for the Calgary Zoo. We welcomed the much-anticipated arrival of our giant pandas, reached over 100,000 members for the first time ever, and received the AZA’s Green Award! To celebrate one of the best year’s in the Calgary Zoo’s history, we’re giving back to the people that made it possible… you!

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Tails from the Field: Prairie Dog Town

It’s 5 o’clock in the morning and the only sound is the rattle of truck tires on gravel. In the beam of the headlights, a porcupine ambles along the edge of the road before disappearing. As we drive through Grasslands National Park, the truck empties, slowly but surely, as each researcher is dropped off at a different field site. Read more

Prairie Dogs and Peanut Butter with Tara Stephens

How has working with black-tailed prairie dogs in Grasslands National Park changed our population ecologist, Tara Stephens? Well, for one thing, she can’t eat peanut butter anymore!

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FAQs: Everything You Need to Know About our PandaCam

Have you heard the GIANT news? We’ve launched our PandaCam presented by Hainan Airlines! Now you can see what our giant pandas are up to even when you’re not at the zoo. If you have any questions about what you see on the PandaCam or our pandas in general, make sure to read our FAQ’s below. Read more

It’s the Final Countdown on our Guardians of the Wild Contest

August is a good time to relax and soak up the summer rays, but September is about revving up the bustle and getting things done. And you’re running out of time to experience some of our best summer activities. Take a read through our summer must-dos and see how many you can do before they close for the season on September 3:

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