Calgary Zoo Whooping Crane “grandchick” makes history in Louisiana!

The 'grandchick' of Nelson from the Calgary Zoo in its wild nest.

Great news! This spring was a special one for whooping crane recovery efforts in North America.

Photo credit: Sara Zimorski, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
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Shopping for a cause: Jeans to Save Genes

Next time you’re shopping for jeans, you could be helping out….genes? It’s true! The Holt Renfrew fundraiser Jeans to Save Genes this weekend will be doing just that- putting money towards whooping crane research here at the zoo.

Holt Renfrew is helping us shed light on our whooping crane conservation by hosting their second Jeans to Save Genes fundraiser this year. The plan is simple- stop by Holt Renfrew anytime from Friday, October 16, to Sunday October 18 and go shopping for jeans. Purchasing a pair of jeans (men or women’s) during this fundraiser will donate 10% of the proceeds towards whooping crane conservation! Not only will you be donating, but if your jeans cost $200 or more, then you will be given a free individual admission pass to the zoo.

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Penguin conservation- Calgary Zoo in new role

We have some exciting news about some of our smallest feathered friends!

Earlier this year, curator Dr. Malu Celli was appointed the Species Survival Plan (SSP) coordinator and studbook keeper for Northern Rockhopper penguins.

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Sam’s field notes: Marine Reptiles

Sam's Field Notes - Dinosaurs Alive collage

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: 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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What to do at the zoo…on a long weekend?

What to do at the zoo...on a long weekend.

It’s the August long weekend, and you’re looking for something fun to do with the family. 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 that summer day extra memorable! Here are some suggestions to help you plan your visit.

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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

Who, what, where, when- working with whooping cranes

In the 1940’s, something scary happened- the wild whooping crane population had dipped to a mere 21 individuals worldwide. Realizing something had to be done, organizations across North America took steps to help save the species. With the aid of the Calgary Zoo and other conservation organizations, the wild population is now approximately 600 individuals and increasing. We’re proud to say that since 1989, the Calgary Zoo has been part of the captive breeding program for this iconic Canadian Species.

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