Free zoo programming gets BOLD and BOTANICAL!

A Botanical Interpreter at the Superhero Plants theatrical program talking about sagebrush.

Safety blankets, Mr. Teddy, cookies, chips… we all have those items that we just can’t live without. For the greater sage-grouse, that item is the silver sagebrush (Artemisia cana). Only for them, the silver sagebrush is more than just a luxury; it is their home, their nutrition, and their mating stage. For the grouse, sagebrush means life.

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TALL ORDER, MONTHS IN THE MAKING- Calgary Zoo welcomes female giraffe calf

Look at those legs! While the young calf is much smaller than mom Carrie, she is born already taller than all of the zoo  staff.

We have a great reason to be excited today- we have a new member of our zoo family! After nearly a year and half wait, the Calgary Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a healthy female giraffe calf.

Carrie the reticulated giraffe gave birth to her calf yesterday morning, and the “little one” is thriving, wobbly taking her first steps minutes after birth. See the “little” one in person!

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ILLUMINASIA: Your guide to India


If you’re planning to check out ILLUMINASIA Lantern & Garden Festival presented by Sinopec Canada during the next few weeks, we’ve got you covered.

The third country to be highlighted during the festival is India! Not only are the vibrant lanterns still on grounds to visit, but the diverse culture of India is celebrated through food, dance, and a variety of unique activites.

We’ve created a snapshot of a nightly visit during the India weeks from October 15-25 to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

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ILLUMINASIA: Lanterns and their Animal Connection

ILLUMINASIA Lantern & Garden Festival presented by Sinopec Canada is starting… TOMORROW!

We’re so excited for the launch on September 17, and for our community to experience this inagural festival with us. Not only were these lanterns created in China under the guidance of 800 years of lantern tradition, but the lanterns also represent Chinese animals, as well as Species Survival Plan (SSP) animals here at the zoo!

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Growth spurt! Catch up on the red panda cub’s first few months

The Calgary Zoo just welcomed a new red panda cub! This cute girl was born on July 15 to parents Sakura and Dusk. Not only are we thrilled to have a new cub, but a female cub will be very important to the species when she reaches breeding age to participate in the Species Survival Plan (SSP).

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ILLUMINASIA: Meet Kenichi Ebina

Have you attended ILLUMINASIA Lantern & Garden Festival presented by Sinopec Canada? We’re currently enjoying the second feature week of China, but there’s always something new and fun around the corner. Japan starts October 1- 11, and will feature some incredible programming and performances – including nightly performances by Kenichi Ebina, the Season 8 winner of ‘America’s Got Talent.”

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What’s red, black & cute all over?

Our new female red panda cub!

She was born on July 15, 2015 to proud parents, Sakura and Dusk. Mother Sakura is our new female and is two years old – she’s a first time mom and has done a great job caring for and raising her cub!

Sakura came to us from Granby Zoo last year on a breeding recommendation from the Species Survival Plan (SSP). Father Dusk is 11 years old and has been a zoo regular for two years.

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ILLUMINASIA: Meet John Leung

The very first ILLUMINASIA Lantern & Garden Festival presented by Sinopec Canada starts on September 17- Are you ready!?

If you’ve read our ‘how-to’ guide for the festival, you know that it is broken up into three sections by country, each lasting for two weeks. China is featured from September 17 – 27, and will be celebrated through the lantern display, performances, and incredible programming.

Highlights include a gardening class that teaches how to steep the perfect pot of green tea, and a creative cooking class on September 18. You can learn to create Chinese dishes and noodles under the guidance of Chef John Leung, MasterChef Canada contestant, with a special chopstick demonstration!

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