Introducing the grey wolf- the leader of the pack

Are you voting for the leader of the pack?

Are you hearing the call of the wild? That howl is the distinctive voice of the wolf, a species that values strong social bonds and teamwork. Is the dashing grey wolf up to the challenge of being “Canada’s Greatest Animal?” Read more

Oh Canada! A calling to name Canada’s Greatest Animal

Meet the 'eh team'! Who will you vote for to be Canada's Greatest Animal?

The national animal of Canada has been the beaver since 1975. For years the determined rodent has represented Canuck history and a resilient attitude. Sure they’re tough, and can flash a great set of teeth, but is this truly the ambassador that modern Canadians are looking for?

As Canada celebrates our 150 birthday, it’s time to take a look at who represents the people of this great nation. A movement is growing- citizens looking for the national animal that represents the mature and diverse country that Canada has become. With a little flexing of our democratic muscles, constituents can finally crown “Canada’s Greatest Animal.”

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How to grow antlers in just over a minute

Even though it’s not possible to sprout antlers in a few minutes, the zoo posted a video of  Napoleon, our male bull elk, doing just that!

Zookeepers Michelle Benzen, Scott Russell, Christina Brunner, Alex Phillips, Matt Emrich spent the better part of a year snapping pictures of the beautiful elk as he grew a new rack. Zoo fans wanted to know more after the video was posted- like how long it took for them to grow. Do they hurt? How heavy are they?

Keeper Michelle Benzen has the answers below!

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The Canadian polar bear: a lifetime of lessons

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It’s no surprise that the zookeepers at the Calgary Zoo are passionate about animals, but you might be impressed to learn just how dedicated they are. Animals are not just their day job, but their passion! Keeper Les Stegenga leads trips with Classic Canadian Tours and has spent years introducing the Canadian public to their incredible neighbours- the polar bear. Here’s what he has to say about it:

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