The Calgary Zoo
The Calgary Zoo
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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From the splendor of the Rocky Mountains to the heart of Destination Africa, The Calgary Zoo takes you to see almost 900 animals from around the world. Trek through the gorilla’s rainforest, safari over the Savannah to watch the hippos swim, or climb the Canadian Wilds to see a grizzly bear. Cool off and get beak to nose with 4 species of penguins in our popular Penguin Plunge or visit endangered red pandas and amur tigers in Eurasia! Wind down your trip with a walk through our fragrant Dorothy Harvie Gardens or sit with the butterflies in ENMAX Conservatory. You'll love knowing that every visit helps protect endangered animals at home and in the wild. NEW in 2017 is the unique and immersive permanent Land of Lemurs exhibit. Coming in 2018 are the iconic giant pandas!
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BenLar137
Calgary, Canada14,256 contributions
May 2020
Yay! They have reopened the Zoo, but have changed things around a bit to make for social distancing. They only allow admission only by advance online timed purchase, so there are no "walk up" entries. Most of the animal displays and the flower conservatory that are indoors are closed. The penguins, gorillas, hippos and giraffes can go outside their indoor displays if they choose, but the could also stay inside if they want. But there are many outdoor animal exhibits that are excellent. There's a one-way walking route through the park to accommodate social distancing. Not all the toilets are open, but enough for the number of people allowed. Only the Kitamba Cafe is open for food. So there is a reduced offering at the Zoo, but all the kids I saw were thoroughly entertained. Especially sad is that the Pandas are gone because they were unable to acquire enough bamboo due to all the cancelled flights.
Written May 26, 2020
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WillyTRock
Prince George, Canada336 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
I have been to many zoos in North America and this is one of the best. A nice variety of animals and exhibits. Lots of room to walk around. A clean attraction. Friendly and helpful staff. My three year old grandson really enjoyed the Hippopotamus as well as the dinosaur exhibits. I would highly recommend this zoo even if you don’t like going to zoos in general. It was a great day.
Written October 15, 2021
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Amy S
Toronto, Canada14 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
We have 2 small children so visiting the zoo of every city has become a ritual for us. The Calgary zoo is really well kept. The garden and flowers are beautiful in the summer. Washrooms are big and clean. The layout of the zoo is organized. There is a dinosaur park which is unique compared to zoo in other cities. This zoo isn't too big so you are able to finish the zoo in a day with extra time for lunch and free time for the kids at the playground. The butterfly garden is our favorite spot. Its filled with lots of different types of butterflies just fluttering around in the garden. If you're lucky a butterfly might just land on your hand. We highly recommend visiting the zoo for families with young children.
Written February 21, 2020
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Gurpreet K
17 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
The the zoo was good, we saw a lot of creatures but then lot of exhibits especially conservatory was closed due to some special event. Why did I pay full price then if half of the zoo is closed? Felt like we were jacked up. I wouldn't recommend it for visitors because it's a waste of money to travel to Calgary and go to a famous zoo and find out you can't see half the zoo even though you paid 35 dollars for each person.
Written July 19, 2021
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njackson84
Lincoln20 contributions
Mar 2022
I visited the zoo whilst on a trip in the city and was left largely underwhelmed. There was only one animal that was advertised not to be there (I can't remember which), but there was also no sign of the lions, tigers, zebras, hippos, gorillas (all of which were advertised) and pretty much any of the other "big-name" animals that most people would want to see. It wasn't a case of them simply hiding, their pens were actually empty (and you could tell because people were in there cleaning them). Honestly, it felt like they were open for the sake of being open, rather than offering a great experience. To charge full-price feels wrong when you know that most of the "big-name" animals would be nowhere to be seen.
Written March 27, 2022
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AshleyB196
Winnipeg, Canada459 contributions
Mar 2022
The zoo was very spaced out so get ready to walk if you want to see all the exhibits. During our visit the dinosaur part of the zoo was closed which was disappointing - this isnt mentioned on the website at all. Overall it was a good zoo, the penguins were a personal favorite but it is expensive to go. $100 for tickets for a family of 4.
Written March 14, 2022
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Tessie W
7 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
No maps of a zoo this size - not easy to figure out where you’re going!

The zoo itself is pretty good, and overall area quite large, but for something this size, not having maps available to visitors was a huge mistake. You could scan a QR code, and get the map on your phone, but that makes it impossible to see the big picture of the zoo and park. Not smart. Hope they’ll bring back the paper maps. They are also doing major renovations on the park, and access to certain areas is closed off or re-routes. If you’re a 1st-time visitor, I’d wait until this is all done, and they get maps back. Otherwise, we’ve heard that Heritage Park is better.
Written September 17, 2022
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Nadya S
Calgary, Canada3 contributions
Aug 2022
We visited Calgary Zoo early in the morning when animals are most active. We saw camels ripping bag with food and taking from each other; lions roaring to mark their territory; black bear with white fur claiming to the pole; another bar was just setting like meditating very close to us. Penguins were fun to watch. We created a video and posted on YouTube channel "Plaisir Travel". Fun place to spend day with kids.
Written August 13, 2022
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Cheryle F
7 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
We combined the Sunday buffet with the zoo experience & enjoyed both very much. The buffet was superb, with waffle & omelet stations, & including mac & cheese. The dessert buffet included rice krispie squares to dip in the chocolate fountain, along with marshmallows & fruit, maybe your hubs 😂. The service was stellar. Then we traipsed through the zoo, watched a hilarious monkey tangle, the Lions were prowling around & the bears emerging from a long winters nap. Note the picture, do not listen to anyone who tells you to climb a tree if you meet a bear. 😯 The sun was shining to make for a lovely heaven sent blessing to top off a beauty day in March with Fam. Thank you
Written April 4, 2022
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Jonap
Peace River, Canada11 contributions
Feb 2021 • Family
We have to drive 12 hrs just to see the penguins. This is our second visit. Last was May 2019. The rate this winter is cheaper not sure if because of covid restrictions or the rates really do change per season.

A lot of the attrations are closed but we feel envious of the locals who can buy annual passes and come there as they please. Kids enjoy the animals and the playground. Everyone there are masked and observed social distancing. It's as a good break from home confinement.

If you're traveling for shopping at the Crossiron Mills, make sure to visit Calgary Zoo with your kids!
Written February 25, 2021
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  • Fri - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Thu 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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