In the spirit of respect and reconciliation, we acknowledge that the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo operates on the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Îyâxe Nakoda (Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Goodstoney First Nations) and the Tsuut’ina First Nation. Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3. We acknowledge all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. We honour and acknowledge generations of Indigenous peoples on this land for their continued kinship and conservation of wildlife and wild places.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo strives to cultivate a workplace in which everyone feels welcome and empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. As a conservation organization, we respect and value the diversity of all life and come together as individuals and teammates to achieve the zoo’s mission and vision. We recognize the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and work to advance our culture to ensure diverse viewpoints are heard and everyone has an equitable chance to succeed and thrive.
Caring for the world’s biodiversity cannot be done without caring for the planet through sustainable practices. At the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, we have been certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) as following Green Practices, which is comprised by chemical management, construction, energy, fuel, purchasing, waste, water, as well as awareness and advocacy. Our sustainable practices can be seen throughout the zoo, from the elimination of single-use plastics to the presence of recycling and composting. Our Green Team is working to make our business operations more efficient and decrease our carbon footprint with potable water reduction, LEED Gold Standard Buildings, and sourcing ocean-wise fish, Fair Trade certified textiles, and achieving Bee City certification. We believe that it is through many different small actions, as well as large changes to infrastructure and policy, that we can eventually become a carbon neutral organization and make the world a wilder place.