Meerkats, Dwarf Crocodiles, Butterflies and Penguins…Oh My!

Posted on June 10

Calgary, AB – After a six-month closure as part of the enhanced public safety measures announced in December, the Calgary Zoo reopened its indoor animal habitats and buildings today as part of Stage 2 of the provincial reopening plan.

Reopened buildings include: Penguin Plunge, Savannah, Rainforest and ENMAX Conservatory. Cequel Energy Lodge (North American River Otters) and Panda Passage (Komodo Dragons) will not be reopening at this time due to ongoing construction projects.

The Experience:

Here’s what visitors can expect from our one-way Zooventure safety-minded experience:

  • Visitors must purchase a timed ticket for entry in advance of arrival at TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD ONSITE.

  • Access to the zoo is only available through the North Entrance. The West Entrance remains closed.

  • Certain animal habitats continue to have adjusted viewing in place to keep all the animals safe (i.e. Western lowland gorillas, Japanese macaques, African lions, Amur tigers, and all lemurs).

  • Washrooms are open.

  • Food & beverage (including Grazers, Kitamba Café, Dairy Bar, Camel Canteen (previously known as Tusk n’ Grill) and Safari Snacks (previously known as Tribal Treats)), and outdoor picnic seating is available. There is limited capacity indoor seating at Kitamba Café.

  • Retail gift shops are open with limited capacity.

  • Playgrounds are open.

  • Dinosaurs: Awakened is open in Prehistoric Park.

  • Wagon and mobility support items (wheel chairs) are available for rental at the North gift shop.

  • Gorilla amphitheatre remains open (weather dependent).

  • Debit and credit are preferred methods of payment. Cash is accepted.

  • Security, First Aid and Lost & Found is open.

The following are unavailable until further notice as we continue to support a safe experience for all:

  • Water fountains

  • Carousel

Health & Safety Information:

  • Visitors must wear masks indoors (animal habitats, restaurants, washrooms, retail). Staff and volunteers must wear masks at all times on park.

  • Our staff and volunteers have an increased presence on park to helpfully remind visitors to maintain distance from other families and wear masks indoors.

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For more information contact:
Alison Archambault
Director Brand & Engagement
403.232.7766 | 403.919.9482 | [email protected]

The Calgary Zoo is a globally recognized conservation organization that guides, innovates, and applies scientific solutions to restore some of the world’s most endangered species.  Locally and globally, we take action in the wild every day to yield powerful benefits for nature and for people.  Our over 1,000 employees and volunteers are passionate about inspiring people to take action to sustain wildlife and wild places, welcoming over 1.3 million guests annually. As visitors discover the rare and endangered species that we love and care for at our facilities, they are directly contributing through admission and on-grounds sales to a not-for-profit charitable conservation organization that works to fight extinction of plants and animals worldwide.