The 8 Most Instagrammable Spots at ZOOLIGHTS

With over 2 million lights, ZOOLIGHTS makes for some amazing photos. Whether you’re looking to up your Instagram game or just want to capture the highlights of your holiday adventures, there are endless spots worth pulling out your camera for. Here are the most Instagrammable spots at ZOOLIGHTS:

  1. Tunnel of Love

The Tunnel of Love is a favourite amongst ZOOLIGHTS goers. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic photo with your special someone or fun boomerang with friends.

  1. Santa

A photo with Santa is on everyone’s holiday bucket list and you can find him right here at ZOOLIGHTS! If you want your photo with Santa, make sure to pop by the ENMAX Conservatory. He’s here every night!

  1. The Dolphin Bridge

The dolphins that line the zoo’s bridge offer the perfect dramatic backdrop for your next ZOOLIGHTS photo.

  1. The Giant Red Chair

The giant red chair is a photo-op must any time you visit the Calgary Zoo and ZOOLIGHTS is no exception. Hop up on this over-sized seat and grab a pic solo or with your family or friends!

  1. Skating Rink

The outdoor skating rink presented by Calgary Hitmen Hockey is the perfect place to snap a cute photo and show off your skating skills.

  1. Sprinkle Tree

If you’re looking for a unique spot for a ZOOLIGHTS photo, look no further than the Sprinkle Tree. This giant tree wrapped in colourful Christmas lights is the perfect backdrop for any playful holiday photo.

  1. The Fire Pits

In search of the coziest cold-weather photo imaginable? Then make sure to snuggle up by one of the many fire pits around ZOOLIGHTS for a merry holiday photo of your own.

  1. Gingerbread House

In the mood for a sweet treat? Come take a selfie with the biggest gingerbread house in town!

Tony the Sax Man: the Music of ZOOLIGHTS

As you arrive at the zoo for ZOOLIGHTS presented by Olympia Trust Company and make your way across the concourse, a surprising sound fills the air. It’s not one usually associated with the zoo, like the roar of lions or chirping of birds. It’s a saxophone. The beautiful sound of jazzy Christmas music fills the air near the front entrance of the zoo, welcoming visitors to the magical holiday experience that is ZOOLIGHTS.

Tony Daoust, aka The Sax Man, first learned to play music when he was nine years old. At 12, his parents rented his first sax so that he could play it in the school band. Tony took to it like a natural and, except for a short hiatus after high school, has been playing ever since.

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The Gift Givers Guide for Animal Lovers

The holiday season is officially upon us and, along with hot chocolate, baked goods, and holiday movies, the pursuit of the perfect gifts is surely on your to-do list. Holiday shopping for the people you love can be tough. That’s why we’ve created a Calgary Zoo holiday gift guide! You can find the perfect gift for every animal-lover in your life right here at the Calgary Zoo and support wildlife conservation while you’re at it!

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Moosing Around with Maple

It’s a warm fall day and Glenda Misurelli is using a green apple to coax five-month-old moose, Maple, into her habitat at the Calgary Zoo as curious visitors look on. Glenda, a lead keeper in Canadian Wilds, picks up one of the apples and waves it enticingly. Previously disinterested, this seems to get the young moose’s attention. After all, who can resist a crisp apple in the middle of autumn?

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Tails from the Field: Prairie Dog Town

It’s 5 o’clock in the morning and the only sound is the rattle of truck tires on gravel. In the beam of the headlights, a porcupine ambles along the edge of the road before disappearing. As we drive through Grasslands National Park, the truck empties, slowly but surely, as each researcher is dropped off at a different field site. Read more

Prairie Dogs and Peanut Butter with Tara Stephens

How has working with black-tailed prairie dogs in Grasslands National Park changed our population ecologist, Tara Stephens? Well, for one thing, she can’t eat peanut butter anymore!

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FAQs: Everything You Need to Know About our PandaCam

Have you heard the GIANT news? We’ve launched our PandaCam presented by Hainan Airlines! Now you can see what our giant pandas are up to even when you’re not at the zoo. If you have any questions about what you see on the PandaCam or our pandas in general, make sure to read our FAQ’s below. Read more

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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