The Calgary Zoo is donating more than 12,000 tickets for future zoo visits to frontline essential workers across Calgary to recognize the sacrifice that so many individuals are making to keep our community safe and functioning in this time of need, and to express their gratitude to the city that is rallying behind them during their plea for support.
“We felt it was critical that we do something special to support for the teams supporting our community,” said Calgary Zoo President & CEO, Dr. Clément Lanthier. “When our worlds normalize, when it’s safe to do so, and when our operations resume, we want to offer frontline workers a moment of joy. A day of rest and relaxation to enjoy with their friends and family. A day to take a breath and reconnect with nature, on us. The daily efforts of these dedicated and hard-working individuals will help our Calgary community overcome this defining moment in history. For that, they have our organization’s deepest gratitude.”
Frontline workers are receiving bundles of zoo admission tickets and thank you messages from the Calgary Zoo team throughout this week, including:
- 10,000 health care and staff workers across Calgary hospitals;
- 1,600 local custodial employees at GDI Services – the custodial partner to the Calgary Zoo, who are tirelessly working to sanitize environments for many teams to confidently and safely continue to operate in; and,
- Hundreds of employees at grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, construction sites, mechanics, and other essential frontline services.
The Calgary Zoo has had an outpouring of words of encouragement from Calgarians, requests for direction on how people can help them, and more than 3,000 individuals have stepped forward to donate financial support the zoo since their plea went out.