Ways To Support Us

Posted on April 24

Our registered charity needs the support of our community now more than ever.

Closing our doors to the public due to the escalating COVID-19 pandemic, was heartbreaking. The Calgary Zoo is normally a place for our community to come together, and we’ve been working tirelessly to ensure that we’re able to continue to connect to our diverse audiences online in a way that keeps spirits high and keeps minds engaged through:

  • The Daily Dose and Daily Dose at Home, including activities for parents to do with their young ones
  • The Zoo Along With You, an online resource hub for parents
  • New online resources virtually supporting teachers as they work to deliver curriculums remotely

Providing exceptional care to the animals we love and care for while continuing the conservation work vital to our mission, remains our number one priority.

The Calgary Zoo depends on community financial support to operate, through ticket sales, zoo visits, memberships, education program fees, paid programs, private events, and donations, among other things. The global pandemic is a very dynamic situation, and we do not have an estimation for the duration of our closure.

It costs $550,000 per month to feed and care for the animals at the Calgary Zoo.  

Many of you have asked how you can support us in this time of need. Here are the best ways:

If you’re in a position to give, these options provide tax receipts for your charitable donation:

  • Becoming a donor with an immediate and/or monthly gift directed to the area of our greatest need. To increase your impact, check to see if your employer offers a gift matching program for registered charities before you make your donation!
  • Symbolically adopting an animal through ZooCare
  • Leave a gift for the zoo in your estate plans. Connect with us to find out more! Email: [email protected]

If you’d like to benefit through visitation consider becoming a member, or purchasing a membership as a gift for a friend or family member. Gift Memberships will commence on the date of your first visit after our re-opening. Expired members can also renew early by purchasing a Gift Membership today.

If you’re a business interested in supporting us, we’d love to connect with you! Email: [email protected]

On behalf of everyone here at the Calgary Zoo, thank you. We’re grateful for our strong community.