On Wednesday, June 19, the Calgary Zoo will be hosting over 400 students for its first annual Conservation Champions Festival. Every year, the zoo’s Outreach Education team inspires more than 40,000 youth through our conservation education programs. This inaugural celebration will recognize the efforts of thirteen classes from the 2018-2019 Chevron Open Minds Zoo School program and honour their commitment to taking small actions that lead to big change for wildlife and wild places. Ten elementary schools will be showcased at this year’s event, sharing their conservation journeys from booths set up on park.
The Calgary Zoo’s mission is to take and inspire action to sustain wildlife and wild places. Conservation of species goes hand in hand with conservation of the environments they reside in, and we are committed to both.
We have dedicated staff who champion innovation and growth in all areas of sustainability, including awareness, chemical management, construction, energy management, fuel management, innovation, purchasing, waste management and water management.
“What Makes a Community?”
This was the big question asked recently by the Calgary French and International School’s grade three class at Chevron Open Minds Zoo School. While here, they investigated many parts of the zoo community, by observing our mixed-species flock of penguins, finding endangered animals in the Canadian Wilds, and learning about the zoo’s Swift Fox conservation work. But perhaps the most significant insight into what makes a community came from travelling to the Eburu Forest in Kenya with the help of some vivid storytelling by Andrea Beaty, Zoo School Coordinator, who recently returned from the area. The students learned about how the Calgary Zoo is helping to save the mountain bongo from extinction by working with the local community.
The 2019 Calgary White Hat Awards took place last week, celebrating those in the tourism industry who go above and beyond to make their guests’ experience memorable. The Calgary Zoo has a lot to celebrate – so much so that we needed a bus to transport the 46 semi-finalists to the award ceremony – and we are proud to announce that Calgary Zoo Interpreter Becky Dryden won in the category of Exceptional Service: Tour/Escort/Guide.
There are so many things to see and do at the zoo but one thing you can’t miss is our daily programs! The Calgary Zoo has a diverse set of free daily programs where visitors can learn all about our incredible animals, how we care for them, and how we can save them in the wild! These programs offer guests insider info on animals like our tigers, hippos and lions, right from the experts themselves!
The cutting-edge habitat meets the world’s most rigorous building standards, becoming the first project in Alberta to receive the prestigious award.
The Calgary Zoo will be closing the African Savannah building to perform necessary scheduled maintenance from April 29, 2019 – May 10, 2019, to ensure we maintain the highest level of care for the building’s residents. The building is scheduled to be reopened to the public on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Due to this closure, we have made some temporary changes to our Daily Programs!
Calgary’s wildest dining experience returns May 10, 2019, as Grazers restaurant opens for its fifth summer at the Calgary Zoo.
Situated next to the alpaca and rhea yard, Grazers’ one-of-a-kind location is just one of the elements that keeps animal-lovers and foodies alike coming back for more. Another? The thoughtfully prepared, sustainable menu. The restaurant is committed to providing healthy, locally sourced meals through sustainable and humane practices. The majority of its menu is prepared from fresh, Alberta-grown ingredients, including herbs and vegetables grown right at the zoo itself!
The Calgary Zoo is thrilled to participate in PLANTED, a celebration of Calgary’s best vegan and vegetarian cuisine!
Some of Calgary’s top restaurants and chefs are featuring PLANTED themed menus around the city. The closing celebration will take place at the zoo on April 25, 2019, starting at 7:00 p.m., and feature a PLANTED Tasting Menu as well as great interactive events to celebrate all things vegetables and creativity.
We have a super eggciting Easter weekend planned for you. Easter Eggstravaganza from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday/Saturday and Easter Brunch on Sunday means we’ll be celebrating all weekend long! With so much happening, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve outlined every must-do item to help you plan the perfect trip to the zoo this weekend. Here’s your guide to Easter at the zoo: