Bring your crew for a long weekend at the zoo!

Family day weekend is approaching, and you’re looking for something fun to do with your crew. Or maybe you’re looking to have a great day out with friends. Whatever you have in mind, the zoo has something for you to make this long weekend extra memorable! Here are some suggestions to help you plan your visit.

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How to grow antlers in just over a minute

Even though it’s not possible to sprout antlers in a few minutes, the zoo posted a video of  Napoleon, our male bull elk, doing just that!

Zookeepers Michelle Benzen, Scott Russell, Christina Brunner, Alex Phillips, Matt Emrich spent the better part of a year snapping pictures of the beautiful elk as he grew a new rack. Zoo fans wanted to know more after the video was posted- like how long it took for them to grow. Do they hurt? How heavy are they?

Keeper Michelle Benzen has the answers below!

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ZOOLIGHTS- Fun for Friends and Family

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. Read more

Transforming the zoo gardens into ‘Zooville’

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.

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ZOOLIGHTS CANCELLATION FOR DECEMBER 8; TO RESUME DECEMBER 9

The week of December 5, 2016 has been a chilly week in Calgary! With temperatures reaching under -30°C with wind chill, our favourite city on the prairies has been feeling the cold. ZOOLIGHTS had to be cancelled on December 6 and 7, but the end is in sight!

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Top Five Family Activities at ZOOLIGHTS

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.

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EXPERIENCE ZOOLIGHTS: TOP FIVE HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

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.

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Wrapped up in planning ZOOLIGHTS

If you’re a Calgarian, then you know that there is one major seasonal event that the zoo hosts every winter. That’s right, it’s almost time for ZOOLIGHTS!

Calgary’s favourite holiday tradition is back (running from November 25, 2016- January 8, 2017), and with it comes 1.5 million LED lights, activities, and memories to be made.

With all of those twinkling lights, what is it like getting ready for this big event? We caught up with Aaron Cunningham and Kelsey Van Raay, two employees with the ZOOLIGHTS know-how.

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In the field – Education staff vlog in Grasslands National Park

What is it like to visit the Conservation Research team during their fieldwork? Calgary Zoo Educator Melissa Ledingham got the chance this summer, and gave us a peek of the experience in her vlog!

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