Your Favourite Canadian Species are Back and Here to Stay
As of December 1, 2023, the ‘Canadian Wilds’ experience at Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo has reopened as ‘Wild Canada’, featuring seven of Canada’s ecological zones. Visitors are invited to take a journey through these seven zones, celebrating the wonder and diversity of a world where people, animals, and the land are connected.
The redeveloped areas will transport visitors to the most iconic ecoregions in Canada, featuring more than 15 extraordinary Canadian species in expansive habitats including:
Three Can’t-Miss Experiences in Wild Canada
1. The Taylor Family Foundation Polar Bear Sanctuary
Two male polar bears, ‘Baffin’ and ‘Siku’, have moved from Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Zoo to the new world-class polar bear habitat at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, constructed in consultation with industry professionals and polar bear care experts.
This remarkable polar bear habitat is enhanced with exceptional animal care and enrichment programs designed to encourage the expression of natural behaviours, provide cognitive challenges, and stimulate play. The habitat includes expansive tree-filled grassy meadows, several pools, a wading stream, and an unobscured view of the horizon. The whole space is over 2 acres (or 8290 m2), which is roughly equivalent to five ice hockey rinks!