CALGARY ZOO BLOG

ZOOLIGHTS: What to do in cold weather?

Enjoy the warmth of a roaring fire during a winter evening.

Calgary is experiencing some wintry temperatures – so what does that mean for your ZOOLIGHTS visit? We’ve got you covered, so get your glow on at ZOOLIGHTS and make memories, despite the chill. Here are our tips for a cold weather trip.

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Discover bright activities at ZOOLIGHTS

Lights can be illuminating- like this one degree of change display. Watch how the temperature from your hand melts the ice below the polar bear.

Get your glow on at ZOOLIGHTS presented by JSS Barristers– Calgary’s brightest holiday tradition! We’re back for our 20th year from November 24, 2017- January 6, 2018, and there’s no shortage of activities to keep visitors busy. Make sure to visit all four of our activity areas to ensure you don’t miss a thing.

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TOP FIVE HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AT ZOOLIGHTS

Get your glow on at ZOOLIGHTS.

Calgary’s brightest holiday tradition is back celebrating its 20th year and we’re positive it will be our brightest yet! This year’s ZOOLIGHTS, presented by JSS Barristers, includes all of the classic activities we love and new ones designed to light up the night.

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Where in the world is our CFO?

Have you been following the travels of our Chief Financial Officer, Allan Pedden? Our Facebook has been following his worldly travels for the past few weeks as he makes his first trip to Africa! What on earth is Allan doing there, you ask?

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Livin’ that lemur life

Leaping to know more about lemurs? National Geographic explorer Mireya Mayor is an expert of the world’s smallest primate- she’s studied them for over 20 years! Catch her as the star of November’s National Geographic Live and see how she’s been livin’ that lemur life.


Primatologist, conservationist and National Geographic explorer Mireya Mayor will be in Calgary this November as the subject of the next fascinating National Geographic Live installation at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. An engaging talk for all ages, the event is specifically geared for youth in Grades 3-12.

Why is she such an expert on all things lemur? Why, only because her research has helped identify over 70 species of lemur! In the 1990’s there had only been 30 identified species of lemur, and little was known about the primates. After a visit to Madagascar, Mayor was intrigued by incredible variety of lemurs that she encountered, and began to study their genetics. Her work changed the classifications of lemurs, proving that there were many different species of lemur, instead of merely subspecies of the same primate!

Ring-Tail lemurs at the zoo Photo Credit: Sergei Belski

This opened the door for further study of the incredible animal, and modern science now recognizes more than 100 species of lemur; these unique species all are native to the tiny island of Madagascar. Which is why the predication that all rainforest in Madagascar will be gone by 2018 is so chilling- this forest is the only place that lemurs naturally call their home. How can we help? Learning more about the issue is a great place to start, so check out Miraya Mayor’s National Geographic Live installment.

Event Details

Who: Arts Commons Presents
What: National Geographic Live Pink Boots and a Machete: Mireya Mayor
When: Nov 5 & 6, 2017
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall
Tickets: 403-294-9494, artscommons.ca

The Calgary Zoo is home to three different species of lemur.

The Calgary Zoo is home to three different species of lemur.


Learn more about the Calgary Zoo’s work with lemurs, and brand new habitat Land of Lemurs! The Calgary Zoo and the University of Calgary are working in partnership with the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership to protect lemurs and their habitat in Kianjavato, Madagascar.

Thank you for supporting wild life conservation! When you visit the zoo and our new habitat, a portion of your membership fees go toward caring for Calgary Zoo animals as well as supporting our local and global conservation efforts.

First greater sage-grouse reproduce in human care in Canada

We’re thrilled to make an announcement – we have successfully breed and hatched greater sage-grouse at the Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre, which is a first for the species while in human care at the DWCC!

What does this mean for the endangered species?
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How butterfly farming saves forest habitat

Postman butterfly at the Calgary Zoo

It’s that time of year- where the butterfly gardens settle down for the winter.

Beauty soars in the spring and summer at the Calgary Zoo- that’s when butterflies return to the Garden Gallery in the ENMAX Conservatory. These insects are a favourite at the zoo, and they’re also seasonal; many zoo visitors know to keep any eye out for the flutter of new wings in late April and early May, and that they leave again in October. Why are these butterflies so important?

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