The Calgary Zoo celebrates, cares for and educates about living species and the need for landscapes that support the world’s biodiversity. It is, in reality, a living classroom – continually growing and evolving in the face of new information and expectations.


In planning for the future, it was important to envision what a “great zoo” might look like in the 21st century. Establishing a foundation, or cornerstones, upon which all decisions are made, is integral in reaching each milestone along this journey. These three cornerstones underpin everything that the zoo does:

Conservation is a primary function of the Calgary Zoo. It is more than simply an attitude – it’s bringing together concepts and actions it’s a practice that should be all-consuming and use all the tools of science and technology that are available.


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As an advocate for wild ecosystems and with concern for the world’s wildlife at the heart of the its mission, the Calgary Zoo will set a new standard for animal care in Canada.


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Most of the more than 1.4 million annual Calgary Zoo guests view their visit to the zoo as an opportunity to get close to animals and plants they are unlikely to connect with otherwise.


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