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The Calgary Zoo

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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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Nice family trip but the animals are so sad

The zoo is a nice zoo as zoo's go. Our daughter (7 yrs) mostly enjoyed it but the animals all seemed very depressed. I know they are well looked after but you can see that they... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Edmonton
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Edmonton
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

The zoo is a nice zoo as zoo's go. Our daughter (7 yrs) mostly enjoyed it but the animals all seemed very depressed. I know they are well looked after but you can see that they should be free and not caged. I thought this was going to be an awesome family thing but we won't be back.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

There was no sign telling drivers how much the parking would be, so when many of us got to the machines where we were to pay, we didn't know how much to enter. Then someone arrived at the machines to tell us they'd seen an $8 charge sign back near the parking lot - why aren't there signs at the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We visited the Zoo during the week. It was quite and easy to navigate. We loved the newly opened Penguin enclosure. It was great to get up and close with this lovely birds. The Zoo is spread out over two sites with well maintained areas to view the animals. My younger daughter loved the Links who chased her back and... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

As zoos go ... this is one of the nicest places to visit. The Penguin Plunge is truly a magical place even if you have to wait in line to get in. Destination Africa is still fabulous and the gorillas and mandrills are always entertaining. The Prehistoric Park can use a bit of sprucing up ... and I hear soon... More 

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Fort McMurray, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Perhaps the flood had reduced the animal population, but wasn't overly impressed with zoo. We enjoyed our time at Heritage Park much more.

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

The Calgary Zoo is a wonderful place to slow down , clear your head , and really get more in touch with the animals > I really feel grounded when I spend time sitting on the other side of the glass from the Gorillas . The enclosure provides a unique oppurtunity to be visually and physically close, to track and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

On a hot summer day in the year 2014 my daughter and her three children ages 7,10 and 12 headed off to the Calgary Zoo. Parking was a plenty. A short walk to the entrance . We loved all the animals, great displays in natural settings. We especially enjoyed the close up view of the penguins. There were plenty of... More 

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

So much enjoyable! And nice if we get something new addition in zoo. Love to see something new and wanna to meet a new friend! (((Hugs))) Cher

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This event takes place in the winter but it is beautiful and great for kids. There are games and slides and the entire zoo is decked out in christmas lights!! This is definitely a good event to make into a family tradition.

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Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Great Christmas light display, always something different to see , excellent dinasor park, lots of walking. Bring or rent a stroller for little ones and perhaps a scooter for older ones and be prepared to spend the day if you want to see it all.

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