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The Calgary Zoo

1300 Zoo Rd NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 7V6, Canada (Southeast Calgary)
403-232-9300
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Ranked #11 of 232 Attractions in Calgary
Type: Zoos, Parks, Gardens
Activities: Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We had a lovely sunny warm day to visit the zoo. We went late morning and enjoyed about 4 hours. Our party was 3 adults and 1 child (2.5 yrs). We especially loved the penguins habitat. It was very special to see them swimming and jumping and playing together. The food offered at the cafeteria was ok with some healthier... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We had went last fall after the flood, and only half the zoo was open, so this time we got to see the all of it. The Canadian side is great for putting our animals on display in their natural environment. The African and Asian side housed an amazing collection of animals. The displays allowed the animals to have room... More

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Nunney, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We visited here while on a two day stay in Calgary, we were impressed by the variety of animals but felt that some enclosures needed modernising to improve the experience for the animals. A walk through area that housed a number of owls was my favourite, whilst my husband liked the gorillas. Make sure you get off at the right... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Had a good time at the Christmas walk light show they offer in November/December. Although it was cold (they can't control that!) the lights were interesting to look at and we even saw some of the animals! Very cool. Went with the family but could also be a romantic date.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

You see a lot of animals, flora and fauna well preserved. Penguins were the best attraction. Bit sooner in Summer is better time to visit. September can be bit breezy

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Callander, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Calgary Zoo is perhaps one of the best we have visited. Easily navigated round and well signposted. Most of the enclosures have been designed so that you don't feel the animals are in captivity, but actually in their natural habitats. Good snack bar and excellent gifts in the souvenir shop at very reasonable prices.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Coming from Asia, the Canadian Wild section attracted me, but thats about it. If you've been to the Rockies / Parks, you would have probably seen half the animals at that section. Variety of animals rather limited considering it being the second largest zoo in Canada. But as whole, good place to visit for first-timers / newbies to Canada-well-kept, awesome... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I have been to the Zoo several times and each time I discover something new, some new area, animals, etc. It is a great place to take visitors, or just hang out on your own. But don't forget your camera! Zoolights during christmas is a must.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I had a good time at the zoo but sadly the dinosaur (Prehistoric PArk) exhibit was closed. The albino bear was also pacing back and forth and a sign said that it was because she lost her mate. It was very sad to see and seemed really unnatural :(

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is one of the nicest zoo we've visited. Spacious enough and conveniently located just out of Calgary, 5 min from the center via public transportation. The admission is pricey, but is worth it. The place seems rather new and is well kept. Some enclosures are accessible, so that you can have a close look at birds, butterflies and monkeys.... More

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