Panda Passage – what have we built? 

Surprise! The giant bamboo that lines the giant panda habitats is actually made of steel!

Four giant pandas are making a new home in Calgary! Their move to #yyc means the Calgary Zoo wanted to build them a beautiful, sustainable place to live. 

What can you expect to find in Panda Passage? 

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Celebrate EARTH Day! Recycle your electronics at the Calgary Zoo

Calgary Zoo Entrance Gantry

Hey Calgarians! It’s time to step up and make a difference just in time for Earth Day on Sunday, April 22!

Celebrating Earth Day helps to remind us that the actions we take can affect our homes, and our globe- both positively and negatively. Why not create positives this year and recycle unused electronics? Our friends GEEP, Global Electric Electronic Processing are back at the zoo, helping us to host a FREE three-day drop off event to collect unused electronics.

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A Glimpse into Panda Preparations

The pandas have arrived and we are less than 40 days away from Panda Passage opening to the public. But between now and then, our incredible team is hard at work making sure that everything is ready for you to see the giant pandas. What are we working on?

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Giant pandas are coming- how can you visit?

You will be able to see giant pandas at the Calgary Zoo for the first time since 1988- in exactly 45 days. With all of this excitement building, it’s time to plan your experience.
What are the different ways that you can visit the calgary pandas?

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Where in the world is our CFO?

Have you been following the travels of our Chief Financial Officer, Allan Pedden? Our Facebook has been following his worldly travels for the past few weeks as he makes his first trip to Africa! What on earth is Allan doing there, you ask?

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Livin’ that lemur life

Leaping to know more about lemurs? National Geographic explorer Mireya Mayor is an expert of the world’s smallest primate- she’s studied them for over 20 years! Catch her as the star of November’s National Geographic Live and see how she’s been livin’ that lemur life.


Primatologist, conservationist and National Geographic explorer Mireya Mayor will be in Calgary this November as the subject of the next fascinating National Geographic Live installation at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. An engaging talk for all ages, the event is specifically geared for youth in Grades 3-12.

Why is she such an expert on all things lemur? Why, only because her research has helped identify over 70 species of lemur! In the 1990’s there had only been 30 identified species of lemur, and little was known about the primates. After a visit to Madagascar, Mayor was intrigued by incredible variety of lemurs that she encountered, and began to study their genetics. Her work changed the classifications of lemurs, proving that there were many different species of lemur, instead of merely subspecies of the same primate!

Ring-Tail lemurs at the zoo Photo Credit: Sergei Belski

This opened the door for further study of the incredible animal, and modern science now recognizes more than 100 species of lemur; these unique species all are native to the tiny island of Madagascar. Which is why the predication that all rainforest in Madagascar will be gone by 2018 is so chilling- this forest is the only place that lemurs naturally call their home. How can we help? Learning more about the issue is a great place to start, so check out Miraya Mayor’s National Geographic Live installment.

Event Details

Who: Arts Commons Presents
What: National Geographic Live Pink Boots and a Machete: Mireya Mayor
When: Nov 5 & 6, 2017
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall
Tickets: 403-294-9494, artscommons.ca

The Calgary Zoo is home to three different species of lemur.

The Calgary Zoo is home to three different species of lemur.


Learn more about the Calgary Zoo’s work with lemurs, and brand new habitat Land of Lemurs! The Calgary Zoo and the University of Calgary are working in partnership with the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership to protect lemurs and their habitat in Kianjavato, Madagascar.

Thank you for supporting wild life conservation! When you visit the zoo and our new habitat, a portion of your membership fees go toward caring for Calgary Zoo animals as well as supporting our local and global conservation efforts.

How butterfly farming saves forest habitat

Postman butterfly at the Calgary Zoo

It’s that time of year- where the butterfly gardens settle down for the winter.

Beauty soars in the spring and summer at the Calgary Zoo- that’s when butterflies return to the Garden Gallery in the ENMAX Conservatory. These insects are a favourite at the zoo, and they’re also seasonal; many zoo visitors know to keep any eye out for the flutter of new wings in late April and early May, and that they leave again in October. Why are these butterflies so important?

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Celebrate World Gorilla Day with GEEP

We’re welcoming Calgarians to celebrate World Gorilla Day with us the weekend of September 23-24, 2017! Working with Global Electric Electronic Processing or GEEP, the zoo is hosting a FREE two-day drop off event to collect unused electronics.

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