Posted in: Destination Africa


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

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Walking In a Zookeeper’s Footsteps

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.

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Gorilla Update- Baby has a name (and more)

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.

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Volunteering on Tortoise Time

With National Volunteer Week upon us, it’s the perfect time to shine a spotlight on our selfless citizens, and one of our longtime volunteers. Often seen with our tortoise Sheldon, Shirley Servis is an incredible member of the Calgary Zoo volunteer force.

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International singer Kiesza raises her voice for gorillas

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.

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Zoo Keeps Close Eye on Baby Gorilla

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.

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The baby gorilla has arrived!

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.

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