ZOOLIGHTS: What to do in cold weather?

Enjoy the warmth of a roaring fire during a winter evening.

Calgary is experiencing some wintry temperatures – so what does that mean for your ZOOLIGHTS visit? We’ve got you covered, so get your glow on at ZOOLIGHTS and make memories, despite the chill. Here are our tips for a cold weather trip.

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Top tips for visiting Land of Lemurs

Look at that! Land of Lemurs gives the opportunity to watch lemurs roam up close in their habitat.

This summer the Calgary Zoo celebrated a huge milestone; opening our first new animal building and habitat since 2012’s Penguin Plunge! With opening a new building comes many challenges- the interpreters and zookeepers prepare the public to see the new space – and of course, meet new lemurs. Leap in with us!

Here are your top tips for a summer Land of Lemurs visit:
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10 things to do this August long weekend at the zoo

Red fronted Lemur.

Long weekends are always packed with fun and if you’ve visited us in the summer before you know that August is nothing short of awesome at the Calgary Zoo. We want you to get the most out of your trip and have compiled our best of the best August long weekend top ten. See how many you can fit in.

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Calgary Zoo welcomed as IUCN member

The Calgary Zoo is situated in the heart of Calgary, Alberta, just an hour's drive from the Canadian Rockies.

The Calgary Zoo is both proud and excited to be a new member of the IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. Founded in 1948, the IUCN brings together states, government agencies, and a diverse range of non-governmental organizations in a unique world partnership: almost 1,300 Members and more than 15,000 volunteer experts in 185 countries.

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ZOO YEAR’S EVE – Bring in 2016 in a wild way and with a roar!

Roar in the New Year at the zoo with ZOO YEARS EVE and enjoy the best of ZOOLIGHTS and more!

Find yourself every year wondering what to do to bring in the New Year with your kids and still have the latter half of the evening for an adult celebration? ZOO YEAR’S EVE is the answer!

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Calgary ZOOLIGHTS 2015 – A Family Affair

Calgary lifestyle blogger Leslie Brooks from Ruff Ruminations captured her family's visit to ZOOLIGHTS.

Guest blog: Leslie Brooks, Calgary lifestyle blogger at Ruff Ruminations.com.

Wonder fills my seven year old’s eyes as we see the first lights entering the zoo on a warm winter night, well warm for Calgary but I suppose that term is relative. You know it’s warm out because the zoo is packed even though ZOOLIGHTS has only just started. It’s 6 p.m. and the families are streaming in non-stop. I think the whole city has the same general rule, if you’ve got a free night and the temperature is above -5 degrees you better take your opportunity to enjoy the warm winter weather and go to ZOOLIGHTS!

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Holiday recipes 2015

Pastry chef Sara Lawson shows off new holiday recipes- new classics to introduce to your family this season!

It’s the holiday season, and that can mean a busy time in the kitchen! To make your holiday menu planning a little easier, here are three great dessert recipes from our zoo catering team. The zoo kitchens make these treats for holiday parties and weddings, and these are all items served at our Christmas Buffets. Even better- they’re all fairly simple to make.

Pastry chef Sara Lawson has concocted seasonal recipes that are a great twist on classic tastes. That way you can spice up your tried and true holiday baking plans with these sweet treats. After all, this is the season of festive traditions- why not start some new ones?

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Why you need to make ZOOLIGHTS your new holiday tradition

Take your sweetheart out for a classic winter date night at ZOOLIGHTS!

Guest blog: Lauren Steeves, Junior Editor with Branded Magazine and It’s Date Night.

I don’t know about you, but there’s something about the holidays that brings out the inner-child in me. I get excited hearing Christmas carols, specifically Mariah Carey’s Christmas album. I thoroughly enjoy all the baking and probably eat one (or five) too many cookies and love the delicious combination of rum and eggnog. But I can’t help but get the most excited from the holiday spirit that fills our city and brings with it some of the most amazing events.

One event that you must go to this holiday season is ZOOLIGHTS. Now, I know what you might be thinking, “ZOOLIGHTS? Isn’t that something for kids?” and while it is a kid-friendly event, I discovered it’s actually the perfect setting for a romantic date night with your man, or a fun activity to go to with your girlfriends—so hear me out on this one.

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