Growth spurt! Catch up on the red panda cub’s first few months

The Calgary Zoo just welcomed a new red panda cub! This cute girl was born on July 15 to parents Sakura and Dusk. Not only are we thrilled to have a new cub, but a female cub will be very important to the species when she reaches breeding age to participate in the Species Survival Plan (SSP).

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What’s red, black & cute all over?

Our new female red panda cub!

She was born on July 15, 2015 to proud parents, Sakura and Dusk. Mother Sakura is our new female and is two years old – she’s a first time mom and has done a great job caring for and raising her cub!

Sakura came to us from Granby Zoo last year on a breeding recommendation from the Species Survival Plan (SSP). Father Dusk is 11 years old and has been a zoo regular for two years.

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Sam’s field notes: Stegosaurus

Sam's Field Notes - Dinosaurs Alive

Hello again! This is Sam, and I just wanted to tell you about how much I like Stegosaurus. Why? My cousins are in town for back-to-school shopping, and we brought them to the zoo. They showed me that Stegosaurus kind of looks like a lizard crossed with a porcupine!

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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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Sam’s field notes: Struthiomimus

Sam's Field Notes

Hello everyone, it’s your favourite future palaeontologist Sam!

I went to the zoo with my grandparents this weekend, and I learned what dinosaurs and animals like to eat. One of the interpreters told me that there were dinosaurs that were ‘omnivores’- which means they eat plants and meat. I do too (except for broccoli)! One of my favourite animals at the zoo is the Grizzly bear, and I know that they’re an omnivore.

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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 – Kayla Weller

Kayla Weller

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 caught up with Kayla while she was target training the giraffes, and talked about her passion for penguins, and how lucky she was to witness the first penguin chick hatch at the Calgary Zoo! Read more

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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