Penguins are highly social creatures. Their dynamic social lives and courtship behaviours can be quite intricate. Because of this, the world of penguin relationships is not without its drama. Occasionally, a love triangle or scandal is bound to rock Penguin Plunge. The tumultuous past relationship of Grace and Solomon – two king penguins here at the zoo – is nothing short of a soap opera.
With nearly 1,000 animals, comprehensive daily programming, and cafés/restaurants with locally sourced, sustainable food, there’s so much to do at the Calgary Zoo that it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together a guide for planning your perfect visit! We’ll cover all the must-see spots and activities, so you don’t have to worry about a thing:
It might not be the first activity you think of, but chilly winter days like today are one of the best times to visit the zoo! Not only do they make for a relaxing stroll through our park without the busyness of fair-weather crowds, but they also increase the chance of catching some of our cold-weather-loving animals in action! Animals who thrive in cooler weather tend to be more active on chilly days, which means you might see a whole different side of them. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the best animals to keep your eye out for when the temperature drops:
Penguin Walk – If you think you can handle the cuteness, our king penguins’ daily walks through the zoo are a sight to see.
Safari Brunch – If you haven’t experienced a Safari Brunch yet, you’re missing out. What better way to enjoy a Sunday than with a delicious buffet breakfast before exploring the zoo.
Panda Breakfast – Beat the crowds and visit the giant pandas before they officially open to the public for the day. Enjoy a delicious meal before enjoying an exclusive viewing of the pandas going about their morning routine.
The Calgary Zoo’s highly anticipated Penguin Walk is back for another year of waddling wonder! Starting Wednesday, January 17, 2018, the birds will walk every day at 11 a.m.
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. You should flock to watch this one- today’s the sixth individual, and it’s penguin keeper Amy Bowden! From working at her local zoo in the UK to starting at the Calgary Zoo in 2016, Amy is a welcome addition to our fantastic Animal Care team.
Meet the Zookeeper: Amy Bowden
Spring has sprung in Calgary- and so has Spring Break! The first day of this lovely season was March 21, which means it’s that time of year where #yyc weather will begin to warm, and students are looking for some fun during their time off.
If you’re searching for a unique outing and want to try out some engaging attractions during this time with your kids, look no further than the Calgary Zoo.
We’ve got the fun (and the variety) to keep your family entertained this spring break.
We’re so excited- there’s a new king penguin in the family!
On June 16, 2016, king penguin Grace laid an egg. After last year’s success with hatching the zoo’s first ever king penguin chick, Nero, a new egg caused quite the stir. Our zookeepers watched and waited with anticipation as Grace guarded her egg, until her chick emerge on August 6.