The baby gorilla has arrived!

After months of waiting, the Calgary Zoo is thrilled to announce that we have a new baby western lowland gorilla!

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Please note: We ask for your patience and understanding as we allow Kioja and her baby the time to bond. The TransAlta Rainforest building will reopen to visitors in the week of March 14, 2016.
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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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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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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- Carrie Coleman

Carrie Coleman

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! Our Lead primate keeper told us some heartwarming stories. Read more