Posted in: Penguin Plunge

Penguin conservation- Calgary Zoo in new role

We have some exciting news about some of our smallest feathered friends!

Earlier this year, curator Dr. Malu Celli was appointed the Species Survival Plan (SSP) coordinator and studbook keeper for Northern Rockhopper penguins.

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Sam’s field notes: Marine Reptiles

Sam's Field Notes - Dinosaurs Alive collage

Hi everyone, it’s your resident dinosaur fan, Sam!

I spent this past week in the ‘Zoo Explorers’ summer camp and learned so many things! We went for a walk in the Prehistoric Park, and I noticed some really cool reptiles in the lagoon.They go by many names such as Elasmosaurus, Nothosaurus, and Tanystropheus, but my favorite the big and scary Tylosaurus.

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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

Birds wearing beer cozie slippers


Beer cozie slippers; they’re not just a fashion statement, but a creative way to care for animals here at the zoo.

What do you do when a bird injures its foot? Veterinarian Dr. Doug Whiteside prefers a certain method that not only helps heal the bird as quickly as possible, but also doubles as a fun bird accessory. In order to help the healing process along, the vets need a “bandage” that is able to get wet, dry quickly, but will still protect the foot. The beer cozie is perfect based on its shape for the webbed feet of a flamingo- the vets can medicate the bottom of the bird’s foot, and also protects the foot from the ground as it heals.

Dr. Whiteside has used this technique in flamingos for years and adapted it for the gentoo penguin from its use in flamingos. It was used successfully in 2013- with gentoo penguin Akemi. He claims the biggest challenge is making sure to use duct tape- so that they can’t take the cozie off! A unique workplace such as a zoo requires unique problem solving, for animals big and small.

Zookeeper Week- Valerie Edwards


The summer of 2014, we recognized National Zoo Keeper Week! To celebrate the dedication and hard work of our amazing zookeepers, we posted an interview of a keeper each day that week. It wouldn’t have been complete without featuring the work of this hardworking keeper.

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