Something BIG is happening in the African Savannah section- we’re announcing a new giraffe!
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- and this year there’s video! Zookeeper Shannon goes ape for all things gorilla, as their intelligence is both a challenge and a thrill when caring for the species.
Meet the zookeeper: Shannon Collard
Guest blog: Jenny Tennent and Adam Spragins, Calgary Zoo inspire members.
Adam and I have been regular attendees at the zoo for years, participating in almost every Inspire tour and member morning; however, nothing could have prepared us for the experience that awaited us on May 29 when we did the Destination Africa Zookeeper for a Day program.
Lead photo credit: Shannon Collard
A lot has happened recently at the Calgary Zoo- so it’s time for a gorilla update!
It’s been an eventful few months for our gorilla troop. We welcomed new life, with the first gorilla baby born in eight years, and said goodbye to a long-term leader, as silverback Kakinga passed away of age-related heart complications. Older female Zuri required an emergency surgery to treat a severe abdominal infection.
When it comes to her passion for gorillas, Kiesza doesn’t hideaway.
As soon as the international pop sensation heard about a new baby gorilla in her hometown, she immediately thought about how she could lend her voice and support to protect these endangered species.
Today marks the 13th day since our baby gorilla arrived! The Animal Care team has been keeping close watch on how the little one is doing but are noticing that the baby is small and has a low weight. The team has seen very successful bonding between Kioja and her baby as well as strong paternal protective instincts from Kakinga. Despite these positive behaviours, the baby is not progressing as quickly as hoped.
After months of waiting, the Calgary Zoo is thrilled to announce that we have a new baby western lowland gorilla!
Please note: We ask for your patience and understanding as we allow Kioja and her baby the time to bond. The TransAlta Rainforest building will reopen to visitors in the week of March 14, 2016.