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!

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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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The countdown begins… baby gorilla on the way!

Kioja is starting to look visibly pregnant. Gorillas usually have a small potbelly, but this is no ordinary stomach!

We’re nearing the end of Kioja’s term of pregnancy, which means that our animal care team is starting to keep an extra close watch on our favourite expecting gorilla. Kioja’s due date is estimated to be in late February or early March, but like mothers of the human variety, it is possible for the baby to arrive early, or to arrive fashionably late.

We’ve mentioned troop dynamics, the importance of this gorilla baby to the Species Survival Plan (SSP), and the potential outcomes for the birth of this western lowland gorilla, but we’ve have yet to talk about a question on everyone’s mind- what does the road to birth look like for a gorilla? Much like when a human is expecting a child, there are certain behaviors that are typical in a pregnancy to watch out for.

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Incoming…preparing for a new gorilla in the group!

Being pregnant is hard work! Gorilla Kioja takes a little rest.

When people have children, new moms and dads rely on classes, experience of others and the numerous how-to books made available. Welcoming a new gorilla baby to the zoo is much the same thing when there is no other ‘mom’ that can lend her know-how. Getting ready is is hard work!

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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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Sam’s field notes: Velociraptor

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Hello again, it’s Sam coming to you from the Calgary Zoo’s Prehistoric Park!

I just went to the movie theaters to see a movie that I’ve been excited about since like grade one: Jurassic World! It was so awesome! I think that if there’s a Jurassic World that I’d like to work there. I looked at my books and the velociraptor looks WAY different than the ones in the movie. Real velociraptors were only about as tall as a big dog, and as long as my dad is when he’s laying on the couch watching football. I wonder why they got so big in the movie?

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