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Calling all photographers!

Shutterbugs (ages 16+) will have exclusive access to zoo island from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to capture stunning photography of iconic wildlife - from lions to tigers and everything in between!  

Photographers of all skill levels are welcome! Capture amazing photographs of the animals and the zoo grounds - without all the crowds. Be sure to come early to explore the rest of the zoo as your FOCUSED ticket grants you admission to the zoo starting at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are limited so don't delay - get your tickets today!  

WHEN: Tuesday, August 23, 2022

WHERE: Zoo Island

TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (includes day admission starting at 1:00 p.m.)

WHAT: This FOCUSED photography event offers a unique opportunity for amateur and professional shutterbugs to take photos of the zoo's incredible wildlife. This experience gives you exclusive evening access to certain areas of the zoo so you get the evening light and no crowds. The zoo's Animal Care, Health & Welfare team is excited to share their passion for the animals they love and care for with our FOCUSED ticket holders. They will be creating some special enrichment and feeding opportunities just for you to photograph so be sure to bring an extra memory card! 

Member Price*: $30 + GST (*Engage and Inspire members only)
Non-Member Price: $50 + GST (includes day admission) 


Important Information:

  • First entry for FOCUSED is at 1:00 p.m., however, the event starts at 6:00 p.m. The last entry for FOCUSED is at 7:00 p.m. The event ends at 8:00 p.m.

  • During FOCUSED, you will have access to zoo island from Destination Africa down to Eurasia. Prehistoric Park and the Canadian Wilds are not accessible during this FOCUSED event (come early to see and photograph these spaces as they will close at 6:00 p.m.)

  • A reminder that FOCUSED takes place mostly outdoors. Some indoor animal habitats and buildings will remain open for this event. All concessions including Kitamba Café and retail shops will close by 6:00 p.m.  

Learn more about FOCUSED

  • What should I bring with me?
    • Camera – don't forget the most important item!

    • Dress for the weather! This event is outdoors and indoors but goes wind, rain, or shine.

    • Wear Comfy Footwear! The zoo is a big place and you will be walking a lot from one end to the other! 

    • Mask wear is required for visitors (ages 3+) while visiting the outdoor Land of Lemurs walkthrough to help keep our lemur troop safe. Be sure to bring a mask with you when you visit.

  • What else should I know about attending FOCUSED?
    • This photography experience 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 (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) without a pre-booking. 
    • The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is open till 5:00 p.m. and day visitors can stay until 6:00 p.m. This special experience ticket allows you exclusive access to the Zoo Island from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (ie. after the zoo closes!). You will need to keep it with you at all times, either on your phone or as a print out. The FOCUSED event ends at 8:00 p.m. 
    • Please be mindful that as you will be staying at the zoo after our regular business hours, you may see some of our zoo team performing their daily 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. Evenings are quiet times and a great opportunity to catch the animals as they wind down their day - enabling you to capture some exceptional moments! 
  • Is parking included?

    Parking is $12 and is not included in the ticket price (except for Engage and Inspire members). You can park and enter the zoo through our North parking lot and entrance. Payment machines are located in the North parking lot (Alberta Plaza). You may enter through the North gate  anytime after 1:00 p.m. and the event starts at 6:00 p.m.  

    The FOCUSED experience will run for 2 hours. Be sure to take advantage of your full day admission and come early to enjoy the rest of the zoo grounds.