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The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo's current hours of operation from 9 am - 5 pm. Please note times may vary for other buildings. Visit our website for more information on hours and admission.


Adult: $29.95 + GST
Senior (60+): $27.95 + GST
Child/Youth (3-15): $19.95 + GST
Infant (under 3): Free

Note: A $13 daily parking fee applies. 
* Prices do not include GST and are subject to change.

Want year-round access to the world's most incredible animals? Consider applying your admission fee toward a zoo membership. Admission can only be applied within seven (7) days of your visit. Please stop by a window on your way out or contact our Guest Relations team at 403.232.9300 (ext. 2) to upgrade.

Buy Daily Admission tickets


Members must present a valid membership card at the gate for entry.


  • View our Hours of Operation (main gate, grounds and buildings)

    The below daytime hours of operation will be in effect as of May 19, 2023:

     hours of operation 2023
    Daily Hours of Operation 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    North Gate Entrance 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Last entry (day admission & membership) is at 5:00 p.m.
    West Gate Entrance


    Zoo Grounds 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Concessions and Retail  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.* (operating hours vary & are weather dependent)
    View full list of concessions and retail shops operating hours 

Zoo Building Updates

  • View our most up-to-date building closure information

    Brawn Family Foundation River Lodge

    Closed for construction.

    North American river otters will not be available for viewing until December 1, 2023.

    Penguin Plunge 

    9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

    Last entry 4:15 p.m.

    African Savannah and African Rainforest buildings 

    9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.  

    Gorilla Amphitheatre 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (closed for the season on Oct 12)

    Land of Lemurs 

    10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Walkthrough last entry 4:15 p.m. (closed for the season on Oct 12).

    ENMAX Conservatory 

    9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

    Gateway to Asia  

    9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.


    Closed for the season


Group Admissions

The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo offers discounted rates for groups of 15 or more. Tickets must be purchased at least three (3) business days before your group visit.

Please contact our Guest Relations team at 403.232.9300 (ext. 2) for details. Group tickets are not eligible to use towards a membership. ZOOLIGHTS admission, or other special events.

Looking for a guided tour? See our Group Packages Tour Operators Rates.

Group Parking

Admission does not include parking fees. A 30-minute drop-off is available for buses and group transportation, at no charge.

Hotel Partners

Special rates are available to our hotel partners. Please contact our Guest Relations team at 403.232.9300 (ext. 2) for details.

School Self-Guided Visits

The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo offers discounted rates for school groups of 15 students or greater. Rates also apply to preschools and daycares. You will also be provided a specific number of FREE chaperone tickets to ensure your school group has adequate supervision. The student/chaperone ratio is reflective of the Alberta Education guidelines; however the zoo offers a greater number of FREE chaperones for the safety and well-being of the students; and preserves the quality and integrity of our zoo.

ALL ticket pricing applies to 3 DAY ADVANCE booking ONLY - NO EXCEPTIONS. Schools purchasing tickets ON DAY OF the visit will be charged FULL admission prices, along with an ADDITIONAL $25 late booking fee. Chaperone tickets are ONLY valid for the day of the scheduled trip. View chaperone guidelines here.

  • View Discounted Rates and Learn More Here

     All ticket purchases (Student and General bulk rate) are final.

    2023   prices prices incl gst
    15-2500 Student School Rate $11.97 $12.57

    Chaperone to student ratio: Pre-k to grade 6 is 1:4 and grade 7-12 is 1:7

    Additional adults exceeding the chaperone ratio will be charged according to the group admission rates.

    Tickets can be purchased:

    • Over the phone with a Guest Relations representative using a credit card only
      • Please call 403.232.9300 (ext. 2)
    • By mailing in a cheque WITH the appropriate form attached
      • Please call Guest Relations to have a cheque form emailed to you or download it here. Please include this completed form with your payment.
      • ANY cheque received WITHOUT the completed form attached with be held until the form is submitted. Schools will NOT be granted access to the zoo without the confirmation of purchase and payment.

Coupons, Discounts and Special Offers

Get the latest Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo coupons, discounts and special offers and save big on your next visit with us. Zoo Members can also save 10% on a variety of programs and activities. 

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* Prices, terms, and conditions may change at any time. Tickets are non-refundable or transferable. All tickets expire at the end of the year in which they were purchased. Payment by Visa, MasterCard or American Express only.

Health & Safety and other FAQ

Check out our FAQ for more information and answers to commonly asked questions about your next zoo visit.

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