ILLUMINASIA: The festival guide

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

Here is your ‘how-to’ guide to ensure you get the most out of your festival experience! You see, ILLUMINASIA isn’t just a display of incredible 366 handmade Chinese lanterns, but it’s also a celebration of food, culture, art, gardens and fantastic entertainment!

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Grazers: Fresh, Local, Savoury

If you’ve been to the zoo during the last year, you might have stopped into Grazers for a bite to eat. A new seasonal restaurant at the zoo, Grazers is a family friendly dining experience that emphasizes locally sourced ingredients.

By sourcing locally we are able to reduce our environmental footprint, a commitment that is important to the zoo as an organization, and to the staff. Sous Chef James Neilson said it best in an interview last year; “It’s important to me to continue to challenge myself and always try to raise the bar. I would also like to educate people on the importance of eating locally and sustainably, and the affect that it has on conservation.”

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Sam’s field notes: Stegosaurus

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Hello again! This is Sam, and I just wanted to tell you about how much I like Stegosaurus. Why? My cousins are in town for back-to-school shopping, and we brought them to the zoo. They showed me that Stegosaurus kind of looks like a lizard crossed with a porcupine!

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ILLUMINASIA Lantern & Garden Festival: The history of Chinese lanterns

Light up your night out! The Calgary Zoo’s new event, ILLUMINASIA, Lantern & Garden Festival, is a bright spot this fall!

What exactly is ILLUMINASIA? Well one thing is for sure- it isn’t ZOOLIGHTS 2.0!

Calgarians are accustomed to spending their winter nights out at the zoo during ZOOLIGHTS, admiring millions of lights in the snow. While this event also lights up the zoo at night, there is even more to explore and enjoy.

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Sam’s field notes: Marine Reptiles

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Hi everyone, it’s your resident dinosaur fan, Sam!

I spent this past week in the ‘Zoo Explorers’ summer camp and learned so many things! We went for a walk in the Prehistoric Park, and I noticed some really cool reptiles in the lagoon.They go by many names such as Elasmosaurus, Nothosaurus, and Tanystropheus, but my favorite the big and scary Tylosaurus.

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Sam’s field notes: Ankylosaurus

Sam's Field Notes

Howdy! Sam here. Today I’d like to tell you about another super cool dinosaur that I learned about: Ankylosaurus! I see that it’s another huge dinosaur for sure! I wonder why we don’t see as many little dinosaurs? I think that maybe it’s harder for the small dinosaurs to become fossils, or maybe there were just more big dinosaurs.

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Sam’s field notes: Struthiomimus

Sam's Field Notes

Hello everyone, it’s your favourite future palaeontologist Sam!

I went to the zoo with my grandparents this weekend, and I learned what dinosaurs and animals like to eat. One of the interpreters told me that there were dinosaurs that were ‘omnivores’- which means they eat plants and meat. I do too (except for broccoli)! One of my favourite animals at the zoo is the Grizzly bear, and I know that they’re an omnivore.

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Zookeeper Week – Kayla Weller

Kayla Weller

It’s National Zoo Keeper Week and we’re sharing the love! To recognize the dedication and hard work of our amazing zookeepers, we are posting an interview of a keeper each day this week. We caught up with Kayla while she was target training the giraffes, and talked about her passion for penguins, and how lucky she was to witness the first penguin chick hatch at the Calgary Zoo! Read more

Sam’s field notes: Velociraptor

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Hello again, it’s Sam coming to you from the Calgary Zoo’s Prehistoric Park!

I just went to the movie theaters to see a movie that I’ve been excited about since like grade one: Jurassic World! It was so awesome! I think that if there’s a Jurassic World that I’d like to work there. I looked at my books and the velociraptor looks WAY different than the ones in the movie. Real velociraptors were only about as tall as a big dog, and as long as my dad is when he’s laying on the couch watching football. I wonder why they got so big in the movie?

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