2017 was one of the best years in the 28-year history of the zoo’s whooping crane program, generously sponsored by ConocoPhillips Canada.
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!
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.
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
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.
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?
It’s a beautiful day at the zoo, where learning can become ‘wild’.
There’s so much to learn about the wildlife in this great country, so these students have a head start! At the end of May, Grade One students from Colonel Sanders School became “junior conservationists” for the day, teaching visitors at the zoo about seven Canadian animals.
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. Zookeeper number four is Caitlin, who has a soft spot for the greater sage-grouse, and for the conservation work she contributes to at the Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre (DWCC). Also- the force is strong with this one… you’ll see what we mean.
Meet the Zookeeper: Caitlin Vavasour-Williams
Forests are the lungs of any ecosystem. Creating fresh, breathable air, the canopies of Madagascar are also home to an incredible primate – wild lemurs. Adapted perfectly to their lush environment, over 100 species of lemur cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. They depend on trees, but Madagascar has lost upwards of 80% of its original forest. As we prepare to open Land of Lemurs on July 5, what can the Calgary Zoo do?