Sam’s field notes: Ankylosaurus

Sam's Field Notes

Howdy! Sam here. Today I’d like to tell you about another super cool dinosaur that I learned about: Ankylosaurus! I see that it’s another huge dinosaur for sure! I wonder why we don’t see as many little dinosaurs? I think that maybe it’s harder for the small dinosaurs to become fossils, or maybe there were just more big dinosaurs.

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What to do at the zoo…on a long weekend?

What to do at the zoo...on a long weekend.

It’s the August long weekend, and you’re looking for something fun to do with the family. Or maybe you’re looking to have a great day out with friends. Whatever you have in mind, the zoo has something for you to make that summer day extra memorable! Here are some suggestions to help you plan your visit.

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Zookeeper Week – Ryan Ball

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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. Ryan followed his passion for science to a position here at the zoo.

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Zookeeper Week – Scott Russell

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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. Scott worked for over 10 years with elephants, and shares his fond memories with us.

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Zookeeper Week – Larry William Millar

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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. We loved talking to Larry, who found zookeeping by chance and found his passion.

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Zookeeper Week- Barb Campbell

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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. This zookeeper has worked for the zoo for over 30 years! She has incredible expertise (and shared one of our favourite stories…seriously.)

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Loss of a matriarch

Kita

It is with heavy hearts that we regretfully announce our Amur tiger matriarch, Kita, passed away at the remarkable age of 19 Tuesday afternoon. In recent years she had shown symptoms of old age, including arthritis. As the median life expectancy for a female Amur tiger is about 14 years; Kita lived a full and long life and leaves behind an incredible legacy.

Kita was a recognizable figure at the Calgary Zoo since 1999, having arrived from the Toronto Zoo at the age of three. Ever the feisty feline, she was beloved by keepers and visitors alike, and was recognizable due to her large stature and playful nature. Not only was Kita a wonderful member of the zoo’s family, but she was also an incredibly important member of the Amur tiger family worldwide.

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