Posted in: Canadian Wilds

Introducing the great grey owl- the wise choice

The excitement of voting for the #GreatestCdnAnimal is ruffling some feathers! The title is a responsibility worthy of Canada’s 150 years; just ‘whooo’ does represent our nation? Visitors could find themselves looking for the wise choice in the great grey owl.

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It’s Spring Break fever at the Calgary Zoo! Here are our top ten tips…

Spring has sprung in Calgary- and so has Spring Break! The first day of this lovely season was March 21, which means it’s that time of year where #yyc weather will begin to warm, and students are looking for some fun during their time off.

If you’re searching for a unique outing and want to try out some engaging attractions during this time with your kids, look no further than the Calgary Zoo.

We’ve got the fun (and the variety) to keep your family entertained this spring break.

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Introducing the grey wolf- 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

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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NATIONAL ZOOKEEPER WEEK- MICHELLE BENZEN

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. This individual still has a soft spot for penguins after she transitioned from a zoo volunteer to a full-time keeper.

Meet the Zookeeper: Michelle Benzen

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Sam’s field notes: Struthiomimus

Sam's Field Notes

Hello everyone, it’s your favourite future palaeontologist Sam!

I went to the zoo with my grandparents this weekend, and I learned what dinosaurs and animals like to eat. One of the interpreters told me that there were dinosaurs that were ‘omnivores’- which means they eat plants and meat. I do too (except for broccoli)! One of my favourite animals at the zoo is the Grizzly bear, and I know that they’re an omnivore.

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