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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 #10 of 229 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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Brisbane, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

The Calgary Zoo is a must see in Calgary. It's evolution has seen it change and grow to a place that encourages and produces animals that flourish within their care. It is a world class leader in Conservation and the heart and spirit of the people that work there is evident in the way they came back from the flooding... More

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calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

The Calgary Zoo was a great experience. As a couple without children it was entertaining to see all the different wild life and animals the Zoo had to offer. Lots of great information at each exhibit about each animal which was informative. Calgary has done a great job getting the Zoo back up and running after last years devastating floods...

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

The Calgary Zoo has recovered very well from the floods... My kids loved it and we will definitely be going back.

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We had an excellent day at the zoo. Nothing beat starting off visiting the penguins. We went in the early afternoon and realized it was "treat" time for the animals. It was a great time to visit as all the animals were out and active waiting for their snacks to arrive. We got some excellent pictures and it was great... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Ten times as good as the edmonton zoo! The new penguin exhibit is really cool! Allows you within arms reach! The new rhino and dragon exhibit is really cool. And the classics ( butterfly room, tigers, monkeys, etc) are always great. A fun family day out!

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Calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The best experience were the penguins' - they are a must see. The kids loved watching them play and swim. The zoo has gone through many renovations due to the flood of 2013 and it looks fabulous. I would recommend to bring sunscreen and plenty of it if it's a sunny day.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The parking already is a turn off. Who in gods name will pay 7.00$ just for parking!!!!!!!! Forget it. And the admission is nearly 30$. Ridiculous and not worth it. The parking is so outrageous and for what. No thanks

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jmlang, Manager at The Calgary Zoo, responded to this review

Hi! The zoo has had pay for parking systems since 2010. The funds we gather from this goes to help maintaining the lots so they are clean, safe and secure for our visitors and lrt riders. As a not for profit, we rely on these valuable funds to help provide the best experience we can for our visitors. Not only... More

Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The exhibits are not cramped as you see in some zoos. They are well laid out, and although there is a lot of walking, it is a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The animals are kept in what I would describe is an almost natural habitat, and for the most part have plenty of room to roam around.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

My 3 year old loved the zoo and we loved how close you are able to get to the animals. The penguin exhibit is spectacular, we went in twice and didn't want to leave!

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Dallas, Texas
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We went to walk with the penguins in the AM. (we were note sure what that meant, but it did peek our interest). Unfortunately, it was not done in the Summer. Even so, the Penguin area was so cool. We were 10 feet from their open area! Dino areas was interesting too. Hard to believe they had a huge flood... More

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