Celebrate World Gorilla Day with GEEP

We’re welcoming Calgarians to celebrate World Gorilla Day with us the weekend of September 23-24, 2017! Working with Global Electric Electronic Processing or GEEP, the zoo is hosting a FREE two-day drop off event to collect unused electronics.

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NATIONAL ZOO KEEPER WEEK – JENNIFER LONG

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 and video of a keeper each day this week. Today we’re chatting with Jennifer, who has a love of primates.

Meet the Zookeeper: Jennifer Long

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It’s Spring Break fever at the Calgary Zoo! Here are our top ten tips…

The Calgary Zoo today.

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.

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NATIONAL ZOOKEEPER WEEK- JENNIFER GODWIN

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- and this year there’s video! This individual brought her passion for wildlife conservation to the Calgary Zoo, where her hands-on experience leads to great stories.

Meet the zookeeper: Jennifer Godwin

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International singer Kiesza raises her voice for gorillas

When it comes to her passion for gorillas, Kiesza doesn’t hideaway.

As soon as the international pop sensation heard about a new baby gorilla in her hometown, she immediately thought about how she could lend her voice and support to protect these endangered species.

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Zoo Keeps Close Eye on Baby Gorilla

Bonding session - mom Kioja and her little girl have not been separated since her check-up.

Today marks the 13th day since our baby gorilla arrived! The Animal Care team has been keeping close watch on how the little one is doing but are noticing that the baby is small and has a low weight. The team has seen very successful bonding between Kioja and her baby as well as strong paternal protective instincts from Kakinga. Despite these positive behaviours, the baby is not progressing as quickly as hoped.

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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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