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The Zoo’s Guide to Planning Your Perfect Visit

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 Calgary Zoo’s Top 7 Cold-Weather Friends

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:

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2019 CALGARY ZOO BUCKET LIST

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.

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YOU KNOW DASHER AND DANCER AND PRANCER AND… KIRBY

It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

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.

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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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National Zoo Keeper Week 2018 – Meet Nicole Bouwman

It’s National Zoo Keeper Week and we’re sharing the love! To recognize the dedication and hard work of our amazing zoo keepers, we are posting an interview of a keeper each day this week. Nicole is a self-proclaimed cat lady…. who now works with wolves!

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NATIONAL ZOO KEEPER WEEK 2017 – MEET BRANDY LASALLE

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. It’s the final day, so it’s fitting that we can BEAR-LY wait to highlight this keeper – it’s Brandy LaSalle! Read on to hear about her work with the zoo’s giraffes and bears.

Meet the Zookeeper: Brandy LaSalle

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It’s a baby bonanza- springtime at the Calgary Zoo!

It’s the first week of June, and spring has been busy so far here at the zoo! Many of our species in Canadian Wilds have new additions in their habitats, and Destination Africa didn’t want to be left out… so just how many cute animal babies CAN you see during your spring visit?

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