Calling all photographers!

Focused events are back!


Catch the morning light and the animals at their finest. Shutterbugs ages 16+ will be able to visit select areas of the zoo from 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. to capture stunning photography for a premium ticket and minimal crowds.

FOCUSED photography events - BOOK TICKETS NOW!

  • AUG 8: Canadian Wilds
  • AUG 23: Eurasia 

These areas will be closed to members and the public on these dates until 9:30 a.m.

Photographers of all skill levels are welcome! Capture amazing photographs of the animals and the zoo grounds - without all the crowds! Full day admission is included with your ticket, so be sure to stick around after the event ends to explore the rest of the zoo grounds on your Zooventure - our safety-minded one-way experience.

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Here’s what to expect for this photography experience:

  • When:

    1. Canadian Wilds - Saturday, August 8 (open to ages 16+)

    2. Eurasia - Sunday, August 23 (open to ages 16+)

  • Where: Calgary Zoo 

  • Time: First entry at 7:15 a.m. and the event starts at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are limited to ensure safe physical distancing throughout your experience. 

  • What: The Calgary Zoo's FOCUSED photography events offer a unique opportunity for amateur & professional shutterbugs to take photos of the zoo's incredible wildlife. This exclusive experience affords you early morning access to the zoo so you get the best light without all the crowds. 

  • Ticket Prices:

  1. Members: $25+GST per person per date

  2. Non-Members: $45+GST per person (includes day admission) per date


What to bring:

  • Camera – don't forget the most important item!

  • Dress for the weather! This event is outdoors rain or shine!

  • Wear Comfy Shoes! The zoo is a big place and you will be walking a lot.

  • Mask - Face coverings are recommended for ages 2+ and are required inside Calgary Zoo buildings from August 1, in accordance with City of Calgary Bylaw 26M2020. While the majority of the FOCUSED event(s) takes place outdoors, please note that if you plan to attend the FOCUSED: Canadian Wilds event on August 8, you will be required to wear a mask to enter Cequel Energy Lodge. If you decided to stay to explore the rest of the zoo grounds after either FOCUSED event, please expect to require a face covering to enter: Penguin Plunge, Cequel Energy Lodge, Savannah building, Rainforest building, ENMAX Conservatory, Kitamba (except while enjoying food and beverages at our indoor tables!), Gift Shop locations, indoor washrooms and Lost & Found services. A limited supply will be available at our North Gift Shop while quantities last!


What to know:

  • The Calgary Zoo is a one-directional experience. Be sure to follow the important Health & Safety information below, all signage and the pink paw prints! We ask all event participants to practice safe physically distancing, to wash your paws often, and to only congregate in your personal cohort group. 

  • Masks are encouraged, but not mandatory*. Zoo staff and volunteers will be wearing masks at all times. *Subject to change.

  • This event is entirely accessible – if you need to rent a wheelchair or powerchair – please contact Guest Relations at 403-232-9300 at least 24 hours before the event. These services will not be open during the event without a pre-booking.

  • The Calgary Zoo opens to members at 8:30 a.m. and to the public at 9:30 a.m. This special event ticket allows you access on grounds before we open and exclusive access to the FOCUSED area until 9:30 a.m. You will need to keep it with you at all times, either on your phone or as a print out.

  • Please be mindful that as you will be entering the zoo before our regular business hours, you may see some of our animal care team performing their daily morning routines. Some animals may not be visible for a short period while the animal care team cleans their habitat, and as always, the animals in our care have access to both their indoor and outdoor space and can choose where they want to be. Early mornings tend to be the best time to catch the animals at their most active - enabling you to capture some exceptional moments!

  • We will not be accepting cash on premises. We apologize for any inconvenience.


What to do:

  • Park and enter the zoo through our North parking lot and entrance

  • Parking is $12. Payment machines are located in the North parking lot (Alberta Plaza).

  • The North gate will open at 7:15 a.m. and the event starts at 7:30 a.m. 

  • The FOCUSED photography event will run for 2 hours. Please head to Kitamba at 9:30 a.m. to enjoy a complimentary coffee to fuel you for the day ahead. Be sure to take advantage of your full day admission and stay to enjoy the rest of the zoo grounds for Zooventure - our safety-minded one-way experience.

Events like these are crucial to our financial success. If you enjoy the FOCUSED photography events, please share your experience on social media using #followusatthezoo; referrals are warmly welcomed!


SAFETY COMES FIRST!

As part of our commitment to putting animal, employee and visitor safety first with Alberta Health Services, the zoo will feel a little different than your last visit.

Important Health & Safety Information:

You are not to enter the Calgary Zoo if:

  • You're ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID -19. These include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, and/or others listed on Alberta Health Services website.

  • You've been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with or has symptoms of COVID-19.

  • You or someone in your household has traveled internationally in the past 14 days.

You will be asked to follow all Alberta Health Services Guidelines on Calgary Zoo grounds:

  • Practice physical distancing: keep 3 meters between your household and others

  • Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds

  • Face coverings are recommended for ages 2+ and are required inside Calgary Zoo buildings from August 1, in accordance with City of Calgary Bylaw 26M2020. Be sure to bring yours with you when you visit, and put them on and remove them safely. Expect to require one to enter: Penguin Plunge, Cequel Energy Lodge, Savannah building, Rainforest building, ENMAX Conservatory, Kitamba (except while enjoying food and beverages at our indoor tables!), Gift Shop locations, indoor washrooms and Lost & Found services. A limited supply will be available at our North Gift Shop while quantities last!