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Introducing our 2019 Conservation Champions!

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. Read more

The Zoo’s Top 10 Sustainable Initiatives You Need to Know About!

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. Read more

Congratulations Becky on Your White Hat Award!

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Photo Courtesy – Tourism Calgary

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. Read more

Guide to Summer Programs at the Zoo

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! Read more

Panda Passage Receives Petal Certification

The cutting-edge habitat meets the world’s most rigorous building standards, becoming the first project in Alberta to receive the prestigious award.

We recently shared the exciting news that Panda Passage has received Petal Certification! But what exactly is Petal Certification and what does this mean? Read more

Temporary Daily Program Changes

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! Read more

The Zoo’s Sustainably Sourced, Alpaca-Adjacent Restaurant Opens May 10!

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! Read more

Everything You Need to Know about Timed Ticketing: the Spring Break Edition!

Add free Time Ticketing: Free of charge, book a special time during the day to visit the pandas during spring break (March 22-31).  Select your arrival time to visit Panda Passage, and enjoy a fast entry to the habitat! Time tickets allow you to skip the lines, and know exactly when you’ll gain entry to see the pandas. Read more

As the World Turns… in Penguin Plunge

Penguins are highly social creatures. Their dynamic social lives and courtship behaviours can be quite intricate. Because of this, the world of penguin relationships is not without its drama. Occasionally, a love triangle or scandal is bound to rock Penguin Plunge. The tumultuous past relationship of Grace and Solomon – two king penguins here at the zoo – is nothing short of a soap opera. Read more