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The Calgary Zoo

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Neighborhood: Southeast Calgary
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Address: 1300 Zoo Rd NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 7V6, Canada
Phone Number: 403-232-9300
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife
Description: This zoo is home to over 1,000 animals from all over the world, as well as...
This zoo is home to over 1,000 animals from all over the world, as well as to nearly 6 acres of Botanical Gardens and a Prehistoric Park for dinosaur lovers. Open year round, it is never the same trip twice! Penguin Plunge opens February of 2012!
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Fun to monkey around!

I'm a Calgary native and who doesn't love the zoo? We are lucky to have quite an extensive one with a lot of events always on the go. I enjoy coming here with my son to look at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Personally I'm not a huge fan of any zoo, and the Calgary zoo does nothing for me. I'm a native Calgarian and have been here countless times since childhood. This zoo is known for improper handling of animals (several deaths, caretaker negligence etc.) And I always found that the larger, more intelligent animals exhibited signs of depression (pacing etc.). Overall... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

I'm a Calgary native and who doesn't love the zoo? We are lucky to have quite an extensive one with a lot of events always on the go. I enjoy coming here with my son to look at the animals. It's easy to get around and there's loads to see indoor and outdoor so that's helpful if the weather turns.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We used to come here when my oldest son was younger, but haven't returned for several years until just recently. We were so pleasantly surprised by the penguin exhibit, how cute! We'll definitely be returning in the summer months. Love it

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Abbotsford, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

This zoo needs more community help from funding to volunteers to pick-up or educate the public about littering. Many of the enclosures are small such as the hippo pool. Most of the focus is on the dinosaur display, which is arguably not appropriate in a zoo. Food is pricey especially for families. Seating is very limited for those with mobility... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I've been going to the Zoo a few times each year since 1990, and it's always a refreshing outing. My kids loved it right through their teens, and still do as young adults when they come visit. You will need the whole day to see it all. The Zoo has changed much over 25 years. New species, bigger pens, activities.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I used to really enjoy going to the Calgary Zoo when I was younger. I still enjoy going to the zoo, and I really enjoyed the penguin exhibit that was the best part in my opinion. Walking through the park I noticed a lot of animals were under veterinary care, this included the flamingos which a few of them had... More 

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Judy L, Manager at The Calgary Zoo, responded to this review

Hi there! What you saw for a 'weird bandage' on the flamingo is an ingenious idea used by our vets to treat a bird's foot injury. Beer cozies! For our webbed footed friends, when they have an injury on a foot, especially as they are in water, this can be very difficult to treat. A drink cozie can allow the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The Calgary zoo is a very great place to visit in the summertime. It is priced appropriately and is great value for the experience. The area is large so be prepared to walk. We really enjoyed the different categories of regions. The conservatory and dinosaur park were unexpected attractions, but very pleasant

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Always an enjoyable experience with living organisms for every interest. Plants, butterflies, animals from North America or abroad. Wonderful playground for the kids to run around. They also have very good programming if you are looking for an organized experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

This Zoo is well worth a visit considering it was flooded about a year ago you would not believe it It is a big Zoo and worth every $ to go in

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Coleman, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This zoo has the most amazing variety of animals. The zoo is set up with many exhibits and venues alike. The animals are well looked after. There us a butterfly exhibit that is wonderful. A wonderful place to take the family or enjoy with your significant other

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