Puzzle your way through Calgary’s largest escape experience!


Find the clues, solve the puzzles, and save the day. There’s plenty of animals to visit along the way, beverages (including adult ones!) will be available for purchase, and be sure to pre-order a delicious dinner box (limited food will be available on site). The challenge will not be timed. Proceed at your leisure! You’ll be able to enjoy the zoo until 9:00 p.m.

Locked Zoo: Rare Breeds - BOOK TICKETS NOW!

Put your knowledge of endangered species to the test! Find the clues, solve the puzzles, and save the day in this BRAND NEW adults-only experience! 

AUG 12: Rare Breeds (Adults only) - tickets no longer available

AUG 13: Rare Breeds (Adults only) - tickets no longer available

Here’s what to expect for this massive escape experience:

  • When: Locked Zoo: Rare Breeds (a NEW experience!)- August 12 & 13 (both adults only)

  • Where: Calgary Zoo 

  • Time: First entry at 5 p.m.; Game runs until 9:00 p.m. Entries will be staggered in 30 min intervals to ensure safe physical distancing throughout your experience. 

  • What: Book tickets for your team – and pre-order delicious dinner boxes! Solve the challenge. Enjoy the zoo. Beer, Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. with debit or credit cards. 

  • Ticket Prices: $45+GST or $55+GST with a delicious dinner box included 

download the Locked Zoo: Rare Breeds Game Map


Team booking information:

  • Teams can range from 2-6 people – be sure you book for your own personal cohort groups!

  • Your booking must include your Team Name – this is essential for the Locked Zoo packages you’ll receive on arrival.

  • All team members must arrive at the same time to start the game – be sure that you register for the same time slot and pick up your Locked Zoo package together on arrival at the zoo.


What to bring:

  • Cell Phone Required – this event REQUIRES a cell phone with data to participate. You will need one per team, fully charged. You will be watching videos and completing tasks through your phone. Phone charging stations are not available. Watch your emails! You never know what important information you may receive before the event... hint... hint...

  • 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 Locked Zoo event takes place outdoors, please note that you will be required to wear a mask to enter the Savannah building, Cequel Energy Lodge and Kitamba (except while enjoying food and beverages at our indoor tables!), indoor washrooms and Lost & Found services. 

  • Dress for the weather (rain or shine)! This event will be outdoors all evening.

  • Wear Comfy Shoes! The zoo is a big place and you will be walking a large part of it for this event.

  • Positive Gaming Attitude – this is a fun, entertaining evening intended to help you have fun learning about wildlife conservation, while enjoying the Calgary Zoo at night. Challenges will test your problem-solving skills, and volunteers across the zoo will help guide you (if needed!).


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. Going your own way could be detrimental to your game...

  • Our Zoo Crew will be sanitizing high touch surfaces throughout the event experience.

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

  • There will be several versions of the Locked Zoo experience taking place at the same time. You’re welcome to walk and enjoy all outdoor areas of the zoo grounds, but don’t worry if you see clues and activities that you didn’t do – they won’t all apply to your team’s challenge!

  • 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 closes to the public at 6 p.m. This special event ticket allows you to stay on grounds until 9 p.m. You will need to keep it with you at all times, either on your phone or as a print out.

  • We kindly ask that you do not bring outside food and beverages to this event. Your support of our food services is greatly appreciated and helps us make these events financially stable.

  • We will not be accepting cash on premises.


What to do:

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

  • Arrive and enter during your timed ticket entry time ONLY, with your entire team present.

  • You'll receive your Locked Zoo experience package as a team on your arrival in Penguin plaza. This will include your complete experience instructions, and Locked Zoo map including:

    • Where to pick up your pre-purchased dinner boxes

    • Where to purchase beer and wine

    • Picnic seating locations

    • Washrooms locations

  • The Locked Zoo: Running Wild experience should take a maximum of 2 hours to complete, allowing ample time to sit down and enjoy dinner and the outdoor zoo grounds.

We ask that you keep the content of this game private. Events like these are crucial to our financial success. If you enjoy the Locked Zoo, please share your evening on social media using #followusatthezoo; referrals are warmly welcomed!


Important Health & Safety Information

You are not to enter the Calgary Zoo if:

  • You are 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 have 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!