Calling all photographers!

Focused IS back!

Shutterbugs (ages 16+) will have EXCLUSIVE ACCESS to the CANADIAN WILDS from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. to capture stunning photography of iconic wildlife - from cougars to caribou 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! Day admission is included with your ticket, so be sure to explore the rest of the zoo after this event. Tickets are limited so don't delay - get your tickets today!

WHEN: Saturday, February 26th (open to ages 16+)

WHERE: Canadian Wilds

TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

WHAT: The FOCUSED photography event offers a unique opportunity for amateur & professional shutterbugs to take photos of the zoo's incredible wildlife. This experience affords you exclusive morning access to certain areas of the zoo so you get the morning 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!

Members*: $25+GST per person (*Engage and Inspire Members only)
Non-Members: $45+GST per person (includes day admission) 


Important Information:

  • First entry for FOCUSED is at 9:00 a.m. The event ends at 11:00 a.m.

  • During FOCUSED, you will have exclusive access to the Canadian Wilds only. Prehistoric Park is closed. Penguin Plunge and the zoo island are not exclusive to FOCUSED but you can visit these areas after the event concludes.

  • A reminder that FOCUSED takes place entirely outdoors. Due to construction, Cequel Energy Lodge is closed and the North American river otters will not be viewable. In addition, Muskox are not available for viewing and the bears will still be in their dens for the winter.

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 wind, Snow, or shine!

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

  • What else should I know about attending FOCUSED?
    • This photography experience is entirely accessible.
    • This special experience ticket allows you exclusive access to the Canadian Wilds from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (ie. we close the Canadian Wilds to everyone except ticket holders until 11 a.m. this day). You will need your ticket with you at all times, either on your phone or as a print out. The FOCUSED event ends at 11:00 a.m.
    • Some animals may not be visible for a short period while the Animal Care, Health, & Welfare team clean their habitat. As always, the animals in our care have access to both their indoor and outdoor space and can choose where they want to be. Winter mornings are quite times and a great time to catch Canadian Wilds animals as start their day - enabling you to capture some exceptional moments!
    • Debit or credit are the preferred methods of payment at this time, however cash is accepted.
  • Is parking included?

    Parking is $12 and is not included in the ticket price. 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).

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