On Wednesday, June 19, the Calgary Zoo will be hosting over 400 students for its first annual Conservation Champions Festival. Every year, the zoo’s Outreach Education team inspires more than 40,000 youth through our conservation education programs. This inaugural celebration will recognize the efforts of thirteen classes from the 2018-2019 Chevron Open Minds Zoo School program and honour their commitment to taking small actions that lead to big change for wildlife and wild places. Ten elementary schools will be showcased at this year’s event, sharing their conservation journeys from booths set up on park.
The cutting-edge habitat meets the world’s most rigorous building standards, becoming the first project in Alberta to receive the prestigious award.
The Calgary Zoo is hosting a free Panda Passage Walking Tour! Reserve your tickets to learn more about Panda Passage, Living Building Challenge and sustainable construction.
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.
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!
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?
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.