10 ways to get wild this May long weekend

Jia Yueyue and Jia Panpan munch away at their morning bamboo.

After a long Calgary winter, take advantage of the beautiful spring weather this May long weekend. Whether you travel in flocks or packs, the best family adventures in Calgary are here at the zoo.

Here are 10 giant ways to make your May long weekend memorable:

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Livin’ that lemur life

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!

Ring-Tail lemurs at the zoo Photo Credit: Sergei Belski

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.

Event Details

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

The Calgary Zoo is home to three different species of lemur.

The Calgary Zoo is home to three different species of lemur.


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.

Land of Lemurs walkthrough closes for the winter

It's here! The land of lemur walkthrough opens July 5.

‘Tis the season! The weather in Calgary has finally caught up to the date, and with it, brought our first taste of snow. While fall and winter enthusiasts are celebrating, warm weather lovers are seeking shelter- like our primates in Land of Lemurs! It’s time for the seasonal walkthrough to close until warmer weather returns. So when is the last day?

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Saving Madagascar’s forests – conservation reaches around the globe

A ring-tailed lemur sits high up in the habitat- it's easier to see everyone going on!

MEET SABOO, THE RING-TAILED LEMUR!

It’s time for the fourth installation in our summer blog series about the newest members of the zoo family. Featuring our ring-tail lemur, Saboo, we’re sharing more each month about her life at the zoo, interesting lemur facts, all about Madagascar and much more!

This chapter is all about how lemurs like Saboo in the wild need our help to survive.

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Catch the last wave of the summer season at the zoo

Not all good things must come to an end, but our seasonal summer features are going out with the nice weather and long days. Check out this list of seven smile makers and see how many you can fit in…

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Sunbathing, Stink Fights, and the Lemur Lifestyle

Calgary Zoo. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski

MEET SABOO, THE RING-TAILED LEMUR!

It’s time for the third installation in our summer blog series about the newest members of the zoo family. Featuring our ring-tail lemur, Saboo, we’re sharing more each month about her life at the zoo, interesting lemur facts, all about Madagascar and much more!

This chapter is all about how lemurs like Saboo communicate, and their social groups.

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Top tips for visiting Land of Lemurs

Look at that! Land of Lemurs gives the opportunity to watch lemurs roam up close in their habitat.

This summer the Calgary Zoo celebrated a huge milestone; opening our first new animal building and habitat since 2012’s Penguin Plunge! With opening a new building comes many challenges- the interpreters and zookeepers prepare the public to see the new space – and of course, meet new lemurs. Leap in with us!

Here are your top tips for a summer Land of Lemurs visit:
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PIGGY-BACKS & PLAYMATES – GET TO KNOW YOUR LEMURS

Leapin' lemurs! Make sure to keep any eye out for lemurs in the trees around you.

MEET SABOO, THE RING-TAILED LEMUR!

It’s time for the second installation in our summer blog series about the newest members of the zoo family. Featuring our ring-tail lemur, Saboo, we’re sharing more each month about her life at the zoo, interesting lemur facts, all about Madagascar and much more!

This chapter is all about young Saboo, and growing up lemur.

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THE ORIGINAL LAND OF LEMURS – MADAGASCAR

Saboo the ring-tail lemur sitting on the ropes inside the lemur habitat at the Calgary Zoo.

MEET SABOO, THE RING-TAILED LEMUR!

Join us for a summer blog series about our newest members of the zoo family. Featuring our ring-tail lemur, Saboo, you will learn a bit more each month about her life at the zoo, interesting lemur facts, all about Madagascar and much more!

Look for more chapters coming soon. First off- she’s from WHERE?

 

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NATIONAL ZOO KEEPER WEEK- MARC IMFELD

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. Our first spotlight is on Marc, whose long love of animals has resulted in important work with crocodiles, and trying his hand at caring for lemurs in the new Land of Lemurs building.

Meet the Zookeeper: Marc Imfeld

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