Written by Alyssa Friesen, Conservation Linkage Associate
From the rise, the prairie stretches out to meet the darkening sky. Barbed wire fences and power lines intersect the plains. Graham Dixon-MacCallum, Conservation Research Associate, holds the receiver’s antennae steady in the wind, waiting for a signal from the satellite transmitter. The signals arrive minutes apart. We slowly hone in on the location of the transmitter, using the strength and direction of the signal as a guide. Read more
Tails from the Field: Giving Burrowing Owls in Alberta a Boost February 1st, 2019Calgary Zoo
With nearly 1,000 animals, comprehensive daily programming, and cafés/restaurants with locally sourced, sustainable food, there’s so much to do at the Calgary Zoo that it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together a guide for planning your perfect visit! We’ll cover all the must-see spots and activities, so you don’t have to worry about a thing: Read more
The Zoo’s Guide to Planning Your Perfect Visit January 25th, 2019Calgary Zoo
It might not be the first activity you think of, but chilly winter days like today are one of the best times to visit the zoo! Not only do they make for a relaxing stroll through our park without the busyness of fair-weather crowds, but they also increase the chance of catching some of our cold-weather-loving animals in action! Animals who thrive in cooler weather tend to be more active on chilly days, which means you might see a whole different side of them. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the best animals to keep your eye out for when the temperature drops:
We’re kicking off 2019 with the return of our beloved Penguin Walk! Beginning Saturday, January 12, 2019 and running until March 31, 2019 (weather dependent), our king penguins will hit the pavement at 11 a.m. for their daily walk.
Penguin Walk – If you think you can handle the cuteness, our king penguins’ daily walks through the zoo are a sight to see.
Safari Brunch – If you haven’t experienced a Safari Brunch yet, you’re missing out. What better way to enjoy a Sunday than with a delicious buffet breakfast before exploring the zoo.
Panda Breakfast – Beat the crowds and visit the giant pandas before they officially open to the public for the day. Enjoy a delicious meal before enjoying an exclusive viewing of the pandas going about their morning routine.
Kirby is one of four caribou here at the Calgary Zoo! He arrived earlier this year as a rescue from the Kirby Watershed area of British Columbia and quickly stole the hearts of visitors and staff alike with his curious nature and endearing disposition.
With over 2 million lights, ZOOLIGHTS presented by Olympia Trust Company 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:
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.
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.
At the Calgary Zoo, we have endless stories to share about our animals, our people and our conservation work. Whether we are inspiring our visitors to love nature, saving species in western Canada from extinction or working with scientists on the other side of the globe, our ultimate goal is simple: to help wildlife and keep it wild.