We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Unfortunate timing”
Review of The Calgary Zoo

The Calgary Zoo
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Calgary Zoo Admission Ticket
Ranked #15 of 315 things to do in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed September 7, 2013

We had our trip planned for almost a year. Then came the flood :( we decided to continue with the trip anyway as it was really to late to turn back. With the vast majority of the zoo closed we were thankfull for the discounted admission fee. We went to see the penguins first and they were amaizing and had the kids giddy watching them swimming around. Next we visited the Prehistoric area. It was a nice calm walk but even the kids found it quite dull after visiting Drumheller, Alta. the day before. The Canadian wildlife section was next. We spent the most time in this area. It was well laid out and all the animals were quite visible. However being from Canada most of the animals in this section are not all that uncommon and can be seen in the wild. The gift shop was fantastic something for everyone and reasonably priced.

Thank A1zeus
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (3,614)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages
All reviews
"penguin exhibit"
in 188 reviews
"penguin plunge"
in 105 reviews
"canadian wilds"
in 96 reviews
"prehistoric park"
in 58 reviews
"dinosaur area"
in 39 reviews
"penguin walk"
in 37 reviews
"all ages"
in 133 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 50 reviews
"c train"
in 59 reviews
"world class"
in 57 reviews
"whole family"
in 50 reviews
in 1,606 reviews
in 216 reviews
in 151 reviews
in 95 reviews
in 51 reviews
in 40 reviews

2,707 - 2,711 of 3,614 reviews

Reviewed September 6, 2013

We visited knowing that quite a lot of the zoo was out of action because of the serious flooding in June 2013. Only the Canadian Wildlife, Penguins and Prehistoric parts were open, but they were excellent. Also very good to have a display about how the zoo was affected by the flooding and what the impact has been, along with how people helped (and how more help is needed). Inspirational.

Thank Jean H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

We visit every year and came this year a few weeks prior to the flood happening. Our whole family loves all of the animals here. The staff are friendly and you can tell they love their jobs. We will be coming from Edmonton (our zoo sucks) for years to come!

1  Thank Zoeybear123
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 5, 2013

This is a great destination for families: I have to say it was much better before the floods, it appears to have been hit pretty hard, but it's hard to fault it for that. I've been there before and it was amazing, it's still a great experience for the kids even with the damage. The staff tell me that it's improving every day, so hopefully it'll be up to it's usual form shortly: Calgarians are a tough bunch, I don't expect it will take long!

Plenty of kid's activities, the animals appear to be in healthy condition and the staff are very helpful. It's obvious a lot of thought has gone into the layout of the enclosures, which is always nice.

1  Thank bvonm
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Although big part of the zoo is still closed because of June flood, Canadian section and Penguins' yard provide a lot of fun! All enclosures and aviaries are organized in a way that allows the best animals and birds display. Animals' conditions look very good, first zoo where i did not feel sorry for the wildlife. Zoo-keepers were at each corner and ready to provide information about every animal or bird. Food in the cafeteria was decent for the price.

Thank Julia T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The Calgary Zoo also viewed


Been to The Calgary Zoo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing