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Calgary Zoo Temporarily Closed to Public and Focused on Exceptional Animal Care

Posted on March 16

The Calgary Zoo will be temporarily closing effective today, March 16, 2020. This decision has been made in close consultation with the City of Calgary and Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) as we have been monitoring the constantly evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and adjusting our operations daily as things change. 

“As a key cultural entity in our community, it is our responsibility to respond to the circumstances,” said Calgary Zoo President & CEO, Dr. Clément Lanthier. “This situation is unprecedented, and the safety, health and welfare of the animals in our care, our employees and our visitors is always our top priority. We hope that this closure is short in duration and look forward to welcoming everyone back to our zoo as soon as we can do so safely.”

Our Animal Care and Veterinary teams are carefully following reports regarding animals and the coronavirus. In addition to ongoing excellence in animal care practices, strong supplies are in place to ensure there is continued delivery of the highest level of animal care, including securing alternate bamboo suppliers for our beloved giant pandas.

Teams are actively contacting those of you who will be impacted by cancellations of Spring Camps, Safari Sunday Brunches, Sleepovers, Birthday Parties and Event Bookings.

Thank you for all your well-wishes this past week. Your thoughtfulness has meant a lot to our teams.

We appreciate your ongoing patience and support of our conservation charity during these challenging times and look forward to welcoming you back to the Calgary Zoo as soon as we can!