At the Calgary Zoo, we’re committed to providing the highest quality of animal care and carefully choosing the species we can best care for. Our habitats follow the tenets outlined in the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare.

The Five Freedoms

(Adapted from the UK Farm Animal Welfare Council, 1979.)

  • Freedom to engage with the normal challenges of daily life without undue fear or distress.
  • Freedom to express a full range of normal behaviours.
  • Freedom to secure sufficient food and water to nourish physical well-being.
  • Freedom to avoid pain and injury, and sustain a healthy condition.
  • Freedom to make decisions and exercise reasonable control over their life.

Animal welfare is our primary consideration for all new and revitalized habitats.


Questions & Concerns

Who can I talk to about animal care or animal habitats at the Calgary Zoo?
If you have a question or concern about a specific animal, habitat, or how the Calgary Zoo cares for its animals, email [email protected]. We’ll respond within 24 hours.

Note: Any health issue, or the death of an animal at the Calgary Zoo is carefully investigated and recorded for disclosure with the appropriate public or zoo officials. View our policies.

What should do if I find an orphaned or injured wild animal?
Before handling a wild animal, please contact the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (CWRS) at 403-239-2488, or visit www.calgarywildlife.org.

The CWRS is a registered non-profit charitable organization that treats, rehabilitates, and releases injured and orphaned wildlife.