Love the zoolights and so glad that the zoo is reopened after the flood! Found out there's a promotion going on to get 2for1 entry to Zoolights! Just have to buy a Fiasco Gelato pack at Co-op and bring your receipt to the zoo. Plus $2 from the purchase also gets donated back to the zoo! Just wanted to share that with some of your readers! Enjoy!
What was once one of the best zoos in North America was severely damaged by the recent floods and unfortunately will probably never be returned to its former glory. What is left just re-opened (Aug Fy 13) and is focused on local Canadian Wildlife and a exhibit of dinosaur statutes. What's left is good and still worth a visit
Today I visited the Calgary Zoo, purchasing a post-secondary student annual pass for the cost of two regular adult admissions. The zoo is open daily from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, with the last ticket being sold at 5.00 pm. Due to province-wide staffing shortages, most of the gift shops and cafes were closed during my visit, though the Safari Lodge cafeteria-style restaurant and coffee shop remains open year-round, and serves a buffet brunch on Sunday mornings.
The zoo is divided into several sections, including the Canadian Wilderness, Eurasia, Australia and Africa. I love the Canadian Wilderness section, because the animal's enclosures closely resemble their natural habitats. A lot of work has gone into that section. I also adore the African exhibits, which are heavily funded by local oil and gas companies. There is a great gorilla enclosure that allows you to get up close and personal with these amazing primates, include viewing area above the enclosure with no glass separating you from the animals! In the African Savannah area, hippos swim underwater in glass pools while giraffes graze above. The newest addition to the zoo is the Penguin Plunge, in which a number of different penguin species spare an indoor and outdoor facility, and come within inches of visitors! At the moment they are also offering daily penguin walks in which the birds leave their enclosure and, accompanied by a zookeeper, waddle their way through the zoo. Check the website for hours.
Would you like it if a thousand of my friends and I followed you around all day taking flash photos right in your face? No? Then don't use YOUR flash when visiting zoos!
The Calgary Zoo's unique Prehistoric Park is an outdoor re-creation of southern Alberta as it might have appeared millions of years ago when dinosaurs ruled the earth. The park features life-sized dinosaurs in their re-created geographical environment.
This exhibit is quite rundown looking and will (unfortuneatly) be removed once construction starts for Antarctic Landing and Arctic Shores.
Zoolights is a Christmas lights festival held annually at the Calgary Zoo. The event is usually held between the beginning of December 1 and ends the second week in January . It closes only on Christmas Day. The animal themed show consists of almost 3 million lights and is the largest seasonal light show in Western Canada.
Scattered around the zoo are fire pits to keep warm. Vendors sell hot chocolate to drink around the fire. All exhibits are also open late so there is ample opporotunity to go inside and warm up
The Calgary Zoo is the second largest zoo in Canada. The featured animal exhibits are organized by geographic region in large, realistic, and natural enclosures. These areas includes, Destination Africa, Canadian Wilds, Australia, Botanical gardens, Eurasia, Prehistoric park and South America.
It is also known for its friendly staff and great customer service, and is open year-round except for Christmas Day.
When a new baby is born in the zoo, the zoo has a contest to come up with a name for the new one. Most recently, On May 15, 2008, a baby gorilla was born. Zookeepers looked through more than 1,400 entries for the baby's name, and on July 2, she was given the name Yewande (Yu-wan-day), a Nigerian name that would be given to a girl after the death of an elder in the family. Her name was selected by Calgarian Justin Brouwer who won a prize package from the Zoo.
It cost $ 19.00 and it's open from 9am to 5pm... so you'll better get there early because there's many things to do...
You'll find any kind of animals.. from bison, elephants, giraffes, tigers, leopards, owls, bears, flamingos, hippos, lions, etc... even beautiful gardens, too...
the animals are really close to you... much better than others zoo's :)
The Calgary zoo is the second largest zoo in Canada - in other words a really good zoo.
Unlike Winnipeg's zoo, Calgary has animals from a wide range of locales - including elephants, giraffes and hippos from Africa. There is a part of the zoo grounds (that you can see from Memorial Drive) that has a bunch of full-size dinosaur replicas.
Roaming through the zoo takes a minimum of 1/2 day. We tend to make it an all-day event -- bring a picnic lunch!
The cost after May 2006 ranges from $8.56 per child to $17.12 per adult.
The new African buildings are spectacular! I was delighted to get a look at "Splash" the baby hippo staying with his Grandma while his new home is being built in Quebec!
He is cute as a button and about the size of a large dog... for now! I think it's great that the hippo tank has Tilapia swimming about doing what they do best, cleaning up after the Hippo's.
As a kid I was a "junior zoologist" here at CZ and actually got study with Tom Baines... and wear "Agnes" around my neck. Of course she was much smaller then. Last time I saw her see had grown into a 6 foot Boa, and outweighed me. No more Agnes necklace for me!
The Calgary Zoo is my favorite thing to do in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It was among the first in Canada and is currently home to more than 900 animals of over 260 different species. Established in 1929, it has since evolved into a modern and respected zoo committed to conservation and education and the facilities are considered to be world-class.The zoo features animal exhibits organized by geographic region in large, realistic, and natural enclosures.
Unique to the zoo is its Prehistoric Park. This is an outdoor re-creation of southern Alberta as it might have appeared millions of years ago. The park features life-sized dinosaurs in their re-created geographical environment.
The recently completed Destination Africa expansion was among the zoo's most ambitious expansions in its history. The complex of four buildings includes the TransAlta Rainforest and the African Savannah. The rainforest complex features an indoor forest and houses African mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, and invertebrates. The zoo's Western Lowland Gorilla troop is housed here as well. The savannah building is home to the zoo's hippos and giraffes, along with many smaller animals. Both the rainforest and the savannah have outdoor areas, which are used when the weather is good. The zoo's pride of lions are housed in an outdoor enclusure adjacent to Destination Africa.
The Calgary Zoo is a great place to spend a day. Lots of people pack a picnic lunch, and really plan to spend 6 or 8 hours there, which is what you need to do to see it all.
We went for 3 hrs, quickly looking at what we really wanted to see, and bypassing the rest. Still fun!
It is pricy though, so I would recommend staying for the day to experience it all and make it worth your money.
Took the C-Train to the Zoo(stops right outside) and spend the whole day there. It was -14 outside, but once you hit the animals indoors you will be peeling off your layers.
Tons of different animals, definatly worth the trip
Really nice. I haven't seen many zoo's around the world but i've heard this one stacks up. IT has a large variety of animals. Things are always under construction there so there is always something new. There is a petting zoo, and a dinosaur park. It is $15-20 to get in but well worth it. Way to much to see in just one day.
This is a great zoo with the unique dinosaur park as part of the admission. There is a big Canadian wildlife section of the zoo which I missed due to time but its supposed to be great.
Be sure to check out the Eurasia animals, and the Australian/Nocturnal section of the park, with many unique animals you don't get to see to much in Canada! Seeing four elephants and the warthogs beside each other was a sight to see!
Downside is, as a Penguin lover there weren't any, and there are species which could adapt to this environment, but oh well! Still much to see for the animal lover.
I love our zoo; it is well designed and participates in many conservations efforts. The botanical gardens are a must. Our "Destination Africa" is only a year old, and is a well created exhibit. We have a Canadian wilderness exhibit if you care to check out some local beasties.
This will take up a good several hours, so you might want to bring food - I don't really care for the selection avaialble at the zoo. The dinosaur park seems to be a little worse for wear - more so in winter - I used to go nuts in there as a child!
If you do go, say hi to my friends Sally & Tunker. These are our white-handed gibbons, and I think they are gorgeous (having dabbled in primatology).