As a not-for-profit organization, the Calgary Zoological Society has modest resources for reinvestment into capital projects. To achieve the long-term development plans laid out in this document, it will need to find new investment from private, public and community partners. Considering the significant social, cultural and economic value created for the community and more broadly, the province and the nation, the zoo is confident it will find partners interested in investing in the future.


Development priorities include:


• Destination Africa is expanded with the addition of a new lemur walk-though exhibit, a replica African village and improved habitat for lions and other residents of the existing Savannah and TransAlta Rainforest.

• A new and exciting habitat for Amur tigers, Japanese snow monkeys and takin is created Beyond the Great Wall to replace the west end of the Prehistoric Park and draw together species from Eastern China, Korea and Japan.

• The Shadow of the Himalayas sees a complete redevelopment of the west end of the island creating a new and vibrant five-year home for giant pandas and permanent homes for other animals from Asia including red pandas, Przewalski’s horses, Bactrian camels and snow leopards.

• The Karsten Discovery Centre is redeveloped to creatively engage young children and their parents on a year-round basis.

• The Gardens, including the Dorothy Harvie Gardens and ENMAX Conservatory, continue to celebrate the world of plants providing a tranquil oasis for guests throughout the year.

• Dinny’s Green, located at the heart of the zoo, brings Dinny the dinosaur out of retirement. A presentation space, food services and a new children’s play area, as well as the replacement of the suspension bridge from the North Shore, makes this an exciting crossroad and gathering place.

• The Canadian Wilds is renewed in several phases to ultimately become In the Company of Bears, a fully revitalized habitat that redistributes and expands the animals that showcase the zoo’s role in conservation at home.

• An immersive Tropical House is built on the North Shore to showcase animals and plants from tropical regions and replace the aging South America building.

• Pinnipeds creates a major new habitat to showcase the seals of Canada’s Arctic and educate guests about the conservation challenges facing Canada’s north.

• A functional zone brings visitors together with zoo veterinarians, nutritionists and conservation researchers to explain how the zoo cares for animals both in the zoo and in the wild.