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January 1, 2014 Calgary Zoo

This winter, adventure awaits you at the Calgary Zoo!

Have you ever wanted to sleep near a hippo or meet a giraffe? If you haven’t checked out the events and activities we offer here at the zoo, you might be surprised to learn about all the adventures at your fingertips.

We’ve got a tremendous variety of programs for adults and children, or schools and organizations; and even though the flood presented some big challenges to the zoo, our Education Department kept things running.

“People thought  that we were completely closed for the rest of the year after the June flood,” said Lisa McDonald, Manager of Visitor Education. “But we managed to run most of our programs using the facilities in the north end of the zoo because it’s important to us to continue to connect with our community.”

As always, we’re thrilled to be able to offer such a diversity of events and programs. Here are some of the fun things we’ve got coming up over the next few months:

Behind the scenes

Who wouldn’t love the chance to have a close encounter with their favourite animal?

Join us for a behind the scenes program and spend some time learning about the animals, checking out where they live and sometimes even having an opportunity to feed them a treat. The following programs are scheduled for the New Year:

  • Giraffes – be careful not to crick your neck as you come eye to eye with our tallest residents!
    January 25, February 23, March 22
  • Premier Penguins – go behind the scenes and help feed the penguins at Penguin Plunge.
    January 5, 11, 19 and 25
    February 2, 8, 16 and 22
    March 1, 9, 15, 23, 29

Plus more! Stay tuned for new behind the scenes programs coming up in spring 2014, including bears, big cats, camels, gorillas, lions, otters, red pandas and tigers.

In the Heat of the Night

Be a little wild this Valentine’s Day and join us for an evening of romance and courtship. You and your sweetie will enjoy a beautiful love-themed dinner in the ENMAX Conservatory along with a fun presentation on plant and animal courtship and mating.

Storytime

Have you and your little one stopped by for Storytime yet?

Every Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m., we gather together in the Karsten Discovery Centre and share stories and fun with 3 to 5 year olds. There’s no need to pre-register and best of all this program is free (although a voluntary donation of $2 is appreciated). See you there!

And so much more…

These are just some of the zoo adventures we’ve got coming up. As always, we’ve also got school programs, team builders and sleepovers; and of course the best shopping ever in our zoo gift shops!

Whether you come for a registered program or just a fun day out, buying your tickets is easy through our online store.

When you arrive, be sure to check out our new public art sculpture, “The Egg”, located near Alberta Plaza at our north entrance. You can walk right through it and enjoy a colourful display of two- and three-dimensional plant and animal cut-outs and sculptures designed to showcase the biodiversity of life on earth.

We hope to see you soon!

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