After a mild fall, winter has truly arrived in time for the holiday season. Crisp snow has covered the Calgary Zoo grounds, reflecting the shine of 1.5 million LED lights, as the annual evening event ZOOLIGHTS is in full swing. Zoo visitors bring friends and family out to experience Calgary’s favorite holiday tradition.
The wonderful world of Dr. Seuss has come alive in the ENMAX Conservatory thanks to the efforts of our Horticulture team. The display has incorporated the zoo’s commitment to sustainability, and the team has been recycling and re-using products to create the amazing Zooville setting. Horticulturalist Corinne Hannah took the lead on an incredible project that took months to prepare.
There’s so much to do at the Calgary Zoo during the holidays! On November 25, when we flick on the switch to ZOOLIGHTS presented by JSS Barristers, the grounds will be transformed into a twinkling wonderland for the entire family – until January 8, 2017.
Winter at the Calgary Zoo can be some kind of awesome. On November 25, when we flick on the switch to ZOOLIGHTS presented by JSS Barristers, the grounds will be transformed into a twinkling wonderland for the entire family – until January 8, 2017. When ZOOLIGHTS began some 19 years ago it was dubbed Wild Lights but, back then, it was far from the conservation-focused $1-million event it’s become.
THEY’RE SO FLUFFY!
In the cutest news we’ve shared in the past few weeks, two male red panda cubs are now romping through their habitat. These adorable twins were born earlier this spring on June 21, 2016, and like most den animals, spent the first few months of their life bonding with their mom away from the public eye.
Like many summer camps, the zoo offers children and teens an opportunity to make new friends and have fun in a unique setting. We too deliver games, themed activities and have clever ways to stay outside and work around unpredictable weather. But where else can you make a willow and dandelion doll for a rhino?
Guest blog: Adam Fisher, Calgary Zoo Engage member.
Who are zoo interpreters? Zoo interpreters are knowledgeable people who talk to zoo guests about what is going on currently in the animal’s life. They do this in many ways: providing educational facts through show and tell, classes, and through interpreter talks. The amazing zoo staff use artifacts like skulls, teeth, feathers, and eggs to show the public.
It’s a time for celebration here at the zoo- and in Ghana, West Africa!
This week last year, our partners in the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary (WCHS) in Ghana had just opened a brand new shea butter factory.