Considered one of the top zoos in North America, there’s more to the Calgary Zoo than an array of spectacular wild life. Here, families are encouraged to learn more about the animal’s natural habitats and conservation programs. Check out these fantastic five activities for in-depth interactions with the animal kingdom.


Ever wanted to get up close and personal with lion, bear or tiger? OK, maybe not, but scoring a behind the scenes pass into the world of these magnificent mammals is sure to please. Zookeepers guide guests through a hands-on program where you’ll feed and enhance the home of your charge, all while learning amazing behavioural facts.

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Tuck into a hearty pancake breakfast before discovering fascinating facts about the zoo’s star residents. 

Choose between dining with giraffes, tigers, bears, gorillas, komodo dragons or penguins (some even allow a private viewing of their home), then get the scoop on their acclimatization and attempts at captive breeding.

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Animal lovers gain a deeper appreciation for creatures great and small after spending a day with the zoo’s animal care staff. Start off preparing meals, cleaning habitats and changing exhibits, all while learning about the animal enrichment program. Choose between working with species from Destination Africa, Eurasia or the Canadian Wilds.

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No need to trek all the way to Africa to slumber with the giraffes. Knowing how nocturnal kids are, they’ll fit right in with the hippos, red river hogs and other animals from the African Savannah during year round sleepovers. Besides learning all about your new bedmates during the safari, you’ll get to try your hand at West African drumming and unleash your inner artist creating African art to take home. Sleepovers take place at other parts of the zoo, too and include breakfast, plus a free day admission.

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Got any die-hard dino fans in your family? Pre-school paleontologists dig deep into the earth’s past during fossil adventures that uncover the nature of these curious beasts through music, games and stories.

Want to dig a Dino?
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