Saving Species in Canada and Around the World
Our vision is to become Canada’s leader in wildlife conservation. To that aim, our Conservation Research team uses science to sustain threatened wildlife in Canada and around the world. We work together with our partners to develop conservation strategies that will benefit species-at-risk. Our conservation work is focused in two areas – community conservation and reintroductions.
Caring for our Animals
Caring for Endangered and At-Risk Species
At the Calgary Zoo, we’re committed to providing the highest quality of animal care. You can join your zoo in providing dynamic habitats and engaging enrichment activities for the animals that live at the Calgary Zoo. You can also assist in providing our animal care, veterinary and conservation research teams with equipment and supplies. The Calgary Zoo – along with other accredited zoos across North America – participates in Species Survival Plans (SSP) to ensure the continued conservation of at-risk species.
Brian Keating Conservation Endowment
Partnership to Safeguard Future Wildlife
The Calgary Zoo has teamed up with one of Alberta’s most beloved conservationists to support the urgent effort to save endangered animals in Canada and around the zoo. The Brian Keating Conservation Endowment honour Keating’s nearly 30 years of service to the Calgary Zoo and his efforts to protect wildlife. The goal is to each year release more animals back into the wild than the zoo currently cares for. The zoo’s award-winning conservation program is leading projects to save the Vancouver Island marmot, black-tailed prairie dog, burrowing owl, Northern leopard frog, whooping crane, swift fox, black-footed ferret and greater sage-grouse. In addition, the zoo is heavily involved with community conservation projects in to save sitatunga and hippos in Ghana and lemurs in Madagascar.
Dinny Legacy Fund
Extinction is Forever
Dinny is a historic figure for Calgary and the Calgary Zoo. Built in 1935 by sculptor John Kanerva, Dinny is the last remaining statue from the Natural History Park, which was installed in 1937 at the Calgary Zoo. Your support not only preserves a piece of history, but also helps stop other species from going extinct. By helping Dinny and supporting your Calgary Zoo, you also give a voice to all the wildlife and their endangered relatives who can’t speak for themselves, just like Dinny. Gifts of $5,000 or more will be recognized on a commemorative donor wall displayed in Dinny’s redesigned space.
New Wildlife Conservation Centre
Breeding endangered species for release into the wild
In 1984, the Calgary Zoo opened the Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre – an off-site conservation breeding facility located south of Calgary. Over the years, the property became increasingly surrounded by urban development making the zoo’s award-winning reintroduction programs for endangered species much more challenging. As the only zoo in Canada with an off-site breeding facility, the Calgary Zoo is committed to taking on the immense challenges that species face, using science to sustain threatened wildlife in Canada and around the world. The zoo’s new Wildlife Conservation Centre is a step forward providing the right level of seclusion and ample space for the zoo to expand its conservation programs. Construction is expected to be completed early in 2022.Located on 330 acres of land, the new Wildlife Conservation Centre will feature: Improved animal habitats for burrowing owls, greater sage-grouse, Vancouver Island marmots, whooping cranes, and Northern leopard frogs; Expanded and purpose-built paddocks, pastures and shelters for hoofstock, and accommodation for resident animal care staff and a veterinary clinic.
Canadian Wilds Redevelopment
Canada and Around the World
The redeveloped Canadian Wilds will offer more engaging experiences for visitors and proactively use storytelling to inspire and educate visitors about the importance of biodiversity and the complex survival challenges facing iconic Canadian wildlife and wild spaces – and how they can help save these animals from extinction. As part of the Canadian Wilds Redevelopment project the Calgary Zoo plans to showcase its active role in native wildlife conservation of Canadian species across the revitalized 21-acre space. The redevelopment project will see larger, more complex habitats for some species, relocating other species to more suitable spaces and a new habitat for polar bears that need our help. Included in the first phase of the redevelopment is: polar bears, caribou, otters, bison, prairie dogs and whooping cranes.
How to Reach Us
Contact us! The Development team is prepared to work with you to advise how your charitable donation can have the greatest wildlife conservation impact.
Calgary Zoo Development
1300 Zoo Road NE
Calgary AB T2E 7V6
Charitable Registration # 118824192 RR0001