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With the weather this winter having been so mild, it’s a great time to go visit the Calgary Zoo and Wilder Institute! 

Calgary’s renowned zoo is an attraction that draws visitors from all corners of the globe and with good reason. Nestled in the heart of the city, it offers a fascinating journey through diverse ecosystems and a chance to encounter some of the world’s most incredible creatures. And what’s more, with a mild winter this year, there’s no better time to plan your visit, especially if you’re eager to catch a glimpse of the newest additions to the zoo – the adorable polar bears!

The Calgary Zoo – A Wildlife Oasis

Just a short drive or a convenient public transit ride from The Westley Hotel, the Calgary Zoo is a family-friendly destination that appeals to visitors of all ages. The zoo is dedicated to conservation, education, and recreation, making it an ideal place to learn about the planet’s diverse flora and fauna while enjoying a memorable day out. You’ll want to be sure to spend the whole day there so you get the chance to experience all it has to offer!

Fewer Crowds, More Serenity

Visiting the Calgary Zoo during the (so far) milder winter months can be a rewarding experience, thanks to fewer crowds. With smaller visitor numbers, you’ll have a chance to explore the zoo at your own pace, take in the sights and sounds of the animal exhibits without distractions, and enjoy a peaceful day surrounded by nature’s beauty.

Photo credit: @thecalgaryzoo on Instagram

Photo credit: @thecalgaryzoo on Instagram

Meet the Polar Bears

The highlight of your winter zoo visit has to be meeting the two new polar bear residents – Baffin and Siku. These magnificent creatures, native to the Arctic, have found a home in Calgary, and their spacious habitat at the zoo allows them to thrive. Watching the polar bears gracefully navigate the icy waters and observing their playful antics is a unique and heartwarming experience. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture these incredible moments.

Diverse Exhibits and Habitats

Beyond the polar bears, the Calgary Zoo boasts an array of captivating exhibits and habitats. Explore the lush rainforests of the TransAlta Rainforest Building, home to colourful birds, tropical reptiles, and stunning plant life. Wander through the Eurasia section to witness the majestic Amur tigers, graceful snow leopards, and captivating red pandas.

Photo credit: @thecalgaryzoo on Instagram

Photo credit: @thecalgaryzoo on Instagram

For those with a passion for African wildlife, don’t miss the Savannah exhibit, where giraffes, zebras, and African lions roam freely in their expansive enclosures. And be sure to visit Destination Africa to observe the magnificent hippos and meerkats up close.

Conservation and Education

The Calgary Zoo is not just a place to view animals; it’s also a hub for conservation and education. Learn about the zoo’s efforts to protect endangered species and their natural habitats through informative exhibits and interactive displays. Discover the importance of conservation and how you can contribute to preserving our planet’s biodiversity.

Photo credit: @thecalgaryzoo on Instagram

Photo credit: @thecalgaryzoo on Instagram

Family-Friendly Fun

If you’re travelling with family, the Calgary Zoo offers plenty of attractions to keep kids entertained. From the popular Prehistoric Park, where life-sized dinosaur replicas roam, to the enchanting Butterfly Garden, there’s no shortage of wonder and excitement for young explorers. Many of the exhibits also include kid-friendly trivia and exciting scavenger hunt-style puzzles. There are also a multitude of wildlife-themed playgrounds and a Wildlife Carousel where you can pick your favourite animal and go for a spin!

Photo credit: The Calgary Zoo on facebook

Photo credit: The Calgary Zoo on facebook

Plan Your Visit

Before heading to the Calgary Zoo, make sure to check their website for the latest information on hours of operation, ticket prices, and any exhibit closures. It’s always a good idea to purchase your tickets in advance to ensure a seamless entry and avoid disappointment. Don’t forget to leave time for the gift shops, where you’re sure to find the perfect gift for the animal lovers in your life!

A visit to the Calgary Zoo during winter months is an excellent opportunity to experience the beauty of the animal kingdom without the crowds. Whether you’re captivated by the charm of polar bears, intrigued by the diversity of ecosystems, or passionate about wildlife conservation, the Calgary Zoo promises a day filled with wonder, education, and cherished memories. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to explore the world of wildlife in the heart of Calgary, and then come home to rest up at The Westley Hotel.

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