Join us for a NEW way to play!

QUEST for the Golden Giraffe (Adults only 18+)

Prepare to explore like never before! QUEST is a NEW game series that puts you inside a story — where you choose what happens next! On this outdoor adventure, each choice you make sends you & your team in a new direction through select areas of the zoo as you try to find your way to the finish. There's plenty of animals to see along the way, beverages (including adult ones!) will be available for purchase and you can pre-order a delicious dinner box. The challenge will not be timed. Proceed at your leisure! You’ll be able to enjoy the zoo until 8:00 p.m.

Here's what to expect for this BRAND NEW experience:

WHEN: Thursday, April 22, 2021

WHERE: Calgary Zoo 

TIME(S): First timed ticket entry at 4:00 p.m.; Last time ticket entry is 5:30 p.m.; Game runs until 8:00 p.m. Entries will be staggered in 30 min intervals to ensure safe physical distancing throughout your experience. 

WHAT: Book tickets for your household team – and pre-order delicious dinner boxes! Get your game on - choose your path and enjoy an evening out at exploring the beautiful zoo grounds! Adult beverages will be available for purchase from 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the bars along the way (Plan Your Visit, Kitamba Java, and Safari Lodge). Limited dinner boxes, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be available for purchase onsite from Kitamba Café. All food and beverages are available for purchase by debit or credit only. We apologize for any inconvenience.

TICKET PRICE: $45+GST or $60+GST with a delicious dinner box included. Parking is $12 and is not included (Calgary Zoo members can use their parking pass).

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A friendly reminder that the Calgary Zoo is currently an outdoor-only experience with directional arrows that take you through the zoo on a one-way, self-guided tour. Our indoor animal habitats & buildings are currently closed, with the exception of Kitamba Café, retail shops and washrooms, in accordance with provincial health and safety measures.


  • This is an 'adult only' (18+) experience. Guests arriving for QUEST for the Golden Giraffe accompanied by children/infants will not be admitted. No refunds will be provided.
  • Cell phone and data is required.
  • This game is intended to be enjoyed after hours. As such, our animals may not be available for viewing during this experience as they may be settling down for their evening sleep.
  • The zoo remains open to the public until 5:00 p.m. (last day admission timed ticket entry is at 4:00 p.m.) as per normal operating hours.       
  • We encourage you to dress as a team (coordinate outfits, t-shirts or accessories) and have fun however full body costumes, full face masks, and blow up costumes are not permitted to be worn on zoo grounds. 

We appreciate your understanding.

Check out your dinner box options:

GF = Gluten-friendly | DF = Dairy-friendly | V = Vegetarian | VE = Vegan


Tartar sauce, traditional slaw


Sushi rice, yakatori glaze, gold sauce, green onion curls, seaweed salad, wasabi lime vinaigrette, pickled ginger

HOUSE SMOKED PULLED PORK SANDWICH (GF available if pre-ordered*)

Brioche, traditional slaw, fries 
*Gluten-friendly alternative - GF bun, no fries, additional slaw. Must pre-order.


Cucumber, "Zoo Grown" greens, gold sauce, green onion curls, seaweed salad, wasabi lime vinaigrette, pickled ginger


  • Team Booking Information
    • Teams can range from 2-6 people - from the same household only. 

    • Your booking must include your Team Name – this is essential for the QUEST for the Golden Giraffe 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 QUEST for the Golden Giraffe package together on arrival at the zoo.

  • What should I 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

    • 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 QUEST Through the Zoo experience takes place outdoors, please note that you will be required to wear a mask to enter the Kitamba Café (except while enjoying food and beverages at our indoor tables), retail shops, indoor washrooms and Lost & Found services. 

    • Dress for the Weather (rain, cold, or shine)! This event takes place outdoors.

    • Wear Comfy Shoes or Boots! 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 animals and the outdoors at the Calgary Zoo. Challenges will test your problem-solving skills, and volunteers across the zoo will help guide you (if needed!).

  • What else do I need to know?
    • Parking is $12 and is not included. Please park and enter through our North Gate. Please pay at Park Plus machines in parking lots. Engage and Inspire members park for free until 12 a.m.

    • The Calgary Zoo is a safety-minded, one-way, outdoor-only, world wildlife experience. Be sure to follow the important Health & Safety information below and all on park signage! We ask all QUEST for the Golden Giraffe participants to practice safe physically distancing, to wash your paws often, and to only congregate with your household team. 

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

    • There will be several versions of the QUEST for the Golden Giraffe 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 close at 5:00 p.m. and will not be open during the event without a pre-booking.

    • The Calgary Zoo closes at 5:00 p.m. and all members of the general public are expected to vacate the zoo grounds by 6:00 p.m. This special event ticket allows you to stay on grounds until 8:00 p.m. You will need to keep it with you at all times, either on your phone or as a printout.

    • 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. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • What do I do upon arrival?
    • 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 QUEST for the Golden Giraffe experience package as a team on your arrival in Penguin plaza. This will include your complete experience instructions including:

      • Where to pick up your pre-purchased lunch boxes (if applicable)

      • Dining locations

      • Washrooms locations

    • The QUEST for the Golden Giraffe experience should take a maximum of 2 hours to complete, allowing ample time to sit down, enjoy dinner, and the outdoor zoo grounds.

    We ask that you keep the content of this game private. Special Experiences like these are crucial to our financial success. If you enjoy our new QUEST experience, 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: Kitamba Café (except while enjoying food and beverages at our indoor tables), retail shops, indoor washrooms and Lost & Found services. A limited supply will be available at our North Gift Shop while quantities last!