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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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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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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Come visit Land of Lemurs – Get to know our species

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

The day is finally here – Land of Lemurs is officially open! After years of planning, over a year of construction and zoo-wide teamwork, the immersive walkthrough habitat is ready for visitors. It is the first habitat of its kind in Canada, an accomplishment of which we are truly proud. But who exactly will you see when you visit? Meet our lemur species!

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Leading up to Land of Lemurs – Countdown

It’s the final countdooowwwwwwn! Join the zoo on July 5, 2017 for a spectacular beginning to the Land of Lemurs legacy in Calgary. The brand new walk-through habitat will finally be unveiled to zoo fans and visitors, who will finally be able to experience lemurs in person after months of waiting.

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How to grow antlers in just over a minute

Even though it’s not possible to sprout antlers in a few minutes, the zoo posted a video of  Napoleon, our male bull elk, doing just that!

Zookeepers Michelle Benzen, Scott Russell, Christina Brunner, Alex Phillips, Matt Emrich spent the better part of a year snapping pictures of the beautiful elk as he grew a new rack. Zoo fans wanted to know more after the video was posted- like how long it took for them to grow. Do they hurt? How heavy are they?

Keeper Michelle Benzen has the answers below!

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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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Working Together To Conserve Boreal Caribou

Caribou in Canadian wilderness.

Wild populations of boreal caribou in Canada are in trouble.

The animals are facing increasing threats such as changes to predator-prey dynamics due to landscape-level habitat change, both natural and human-caused. Currently the species is listed as Threatened under the federal Species At Risk Act (SARA) as well as in many provincial jurisdictions.

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