The Calgary Zoo
The Calgary Zoo
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
From the splendor of the Rocky Mountains to the heart of Destination Africa, the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo takes you to see over 1,000 animals from around the world. Trek through the African Rainforest to see the gorilla troop, safari over the African Savannah to watch the hippos swim, or climb the Canadian Wilds to see grizzly bears! Cool off and practice your waddle with 4 species of penguins in our popular Penguin Plunge or visit endangered red pandas and Amur tigers in Exploration Asia! Wind down your trip with a walk through our fragrant Dorothy Harvie Gardens or sit with the butterflies (seasonal) in the ENMAX Conservatory. You'll love knowing that every visit helps protect endangered animals at home and in the wild. NEW in 2021 is the unique and immersive permanent Gateway to Asia building featuring Komodo dragons, white-handed gibbons, and a Malayan tapir. Coming in December 2023 is the return of an iconic Canadian species - polar bears!
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  • DJO
    134 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very enjoyable experience.
    This is a great zoo. It has a lot of trees and is laid out very well. Some of the animals were either not outside or the cages were empty but we still enjoyed it. They have lots of areas for kids to play and the dinosaur section would be sure to be an interest to them. It took us about 3 hours to go through as adults without children.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Marni K
    419 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great chance to see the animals we missed in the Canadian Rockies
    We spent a week in the Canadian Rockies and had hoped to see a wide variety of wildlife. Unfortunately the wildlife did not cooperate. We were lucky and saw a fox, and many elk, but we missed bears, moose and wolves. So we went to the Zoo on our one free day in town. Hubby and I had not visited a zoo in years, so we really can't compare this one to others, but it allowed for easy walking and viewing, and it had a wide variety of rescued animals, organized by region of origin. So we really did get to see lions and tigers and bears, oh my, as well as giraffes, and zebras, and lemurs....it was a fun day and there were lots of other people there as well, and a ton of children, which is as it should be, I think....
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Chris
    Edmonton, Canada234 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best zoo's around. Plan for at least half a day to see everything
    What a fantastic zoo. One of the best (next to San Diego). A little confusing on where to go though. Expect to spend at least half a day here to see everything, so bring lunch of plan on eating lunch here. Also, I've gone a few times and it always seems like the temperature at the zoo is always hotter than the rest of Calgary, so if it's going to be hot out, make sure you plan and dress for extra hot weather.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
  • k0ntheg0
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    8hrs drive is worth it! Amazing!
    It was a great experience for our kids. Dinosaurs made our little one felt like he is in Jurassic!. Penguins and colorful fishes is one of my other son's favorite. Plus the butterflies that completes the day of my young lady who stayed in the garden for almost 2 hrs.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Dibsy
    London, United Kingdom42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit. Plenty to do and see.
    As a family we visited in august 2023. We arrived when they opened, to make sure we didn’t get caught up in crowds and also because the day was set to be a scorcher at 35 degrees. We started with the penguins, which was worth the entry price alone! You can get up close to them, and we enjoyed getting splashed as they swim up close. We walked around prehistoric park afterwards. We were all impressed with this. A great walk with animatronic dinosaurs and lots to read and learn. We stopped for our packed lunch, then went round and saw the animals. The zoo doesn’t have hundreds of different animals, they seem to have fewer than other zoos I’ve been to, but they give large areas for the animals to live in. Obviously a good thing. So if there’s a certain animal you are hoping to see, best check the website so you aren’t disappointed. We were at the zoo about 4.5 hours in total, and ended the day with an ice cream from the shop, which was massive and a very fair price.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 September 2023
  • cwoywada
    Winnipeg, Canada87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick trip to the zoo. Need more time definitely.
    It is huge. We got totally turned around. Could not figure how to get to places. I will go back to see what we missed. Not cheap over 100 for a couple adult and 1 child plus parking. Loved the giraffes and hippos, and penguins.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 December 2023
  • Pawel U
    London, United Kingdom105 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable Visit, with Seasonal Considerations
    We had a splendid time at the zoo, though we were disappointed by a few attractions being closed. It's likely even more enjoyable in the summer. It's worth adding to your itinerary regardless of when you visit Calgary. Just temper your expectations if you're going in winter.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 January 2024
  • Southtrack
    Canberra, Australia250 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Zoo Visit in Memory
    My family had a day on the ground in Calgary following a tour of more remote places in the Rockies, so I asked a Canadian friend what to do. His first recommendation was the Zoo, and it’s hard to fault. This is one of the best zoos we have been to, and it takes a while to see it all, so give yourself time. While it’s not open plan, the animals have space, and all appear very healthy and active. The enclosures allow good viewing, and zoo employees and volunteers always seem to be on hand to provide facts about the animals—both as species and individuals. The zoo is split into geographical sections—Canada, Asia, Africa, etc—with a separate penguin facility. Being Australian, we’d seen plenty of penguins, some in the wild, and a lot in zoos. Why go halfway to the wrong pole to see birds native to Australian, New Zealand, and other Southern Hemisphere coastlines or waters? But Calgary’s penguin facility was better than anything we’d seen in Australia or New Zealand—climate controlled, and very up-close, with staff on hand to control visitor conduct and ensure the birds’ safety. It was the first exhibit we went through, and we went through again at the end. A definite highlight. It was also great to get up close to some of the large mammals we had seen only from a distance or not at all in the wild in Canada—polar bears, brown bears, black bears, wolves and cougars. All the advice we’d received was that we didn’t want to see a cougar in the wild, and we weren’t that keen on bears or wolves either. The zoo put us literally within meters of them. There are also some great aviaries. There are also a few places to eat, with a good selection of food. We were there for hours. They don’t let you in within an hour of closing time (5PM), but my advice is to give yourself three or four hours to take it all in.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 January 2024
  • Victoria P
    Crofton, Canada15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Calgary Zoo
    The zoo is a great activity for any age. There are certain days of the month they do the penguin walk, you can review on their website before hand. The zoo is huge with different themed sections to explore. You can literally spend all day there exploring if you want.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 March 2024
  • Pushkin Shukla
    Calgary, Canada794 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Splendid !
    From the splendour of the Rocky Mountains to the heart of Destination Africa, the zoo houses over 1,000 animals worldwide. Here are some highlights: African Rainforest: Trek through this area to see the gorilla troop. African Savannah: Safari over this region to watch the Hippo's swim. Canadian Wilds: Climb to see grizzly bears. Penguin Plunge: Cool off and observe four species of penguins. Exploration Asia: Visit endangered red pandas and Amur tigers. Dorothy Harvie Gardens: Wind down your trip with a fragrant garden walk. ENMAX Conservatory: Sit with the butterflies (seasonal). Notably, every visit helps protect endangered animals at home and in the wild. The zoo also features the unique and immersive Gateway to Asia building, which includes Komodo dragons, white-handed gibbons, and a Malayan tapir.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 April 2024
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RayICue
Cornelius, NC4,111 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A good day’s excursion , worth a visit. Well stocked with a variety of animals , only disappointing part was a little more than usual of closed exhibits . Also, a majority of eating options were closed as well .
But we still enjoyed the morning and available sights.
Written 13 June 2024
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Frank T
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very well laid out. We went during a rainy day and rode bicycles to the zoo. Was not too crowded. Well worth the admission price. Good time.
Written 22 May 2024
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Jodi M
Lethbridge, Canada491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I was born and raised in Calgary and visiting this zoo for my whole life, and now bringing my kids. We have been to many zoos around the world and this one is my favorite!

Our most recent trip was on a wet and snowy spring day and it felt like we had the zoo to ourselves. We had fun recreating photos from a decade ago, because these memories are special. The improvements to the Canadian Wild section made it my favorite part.

The highlight of this most recent trip was the staff and volunteers. They were helpful, informative and friendly. We learned so much. I also loved how inclusive the staff were, including a non-verbal gentleman in a wheelchair that gave us interesting facts using a computer attached to his wheelchair.
Written 6 May 2024
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Tom L
Calgary, Canada28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Attended the Polar Bear special event night. Absolutely amazing to experience. Firstly a private viewing at 5PM to see the astounding new enclosures with is plunge pools, water cooled rocks and cold showers that the bears activate by standing on a sensor pad. Then a really good 4-course gourmet meal, cash bar and 3 excellent presentations. I learned so many incredible things about our largest land mammals.. The size of these bears (1,100 lbs) and their height standing (over 10 feet) is incredible to see up close. We will do this again, as there are so many fun facts to learn.
Thanks to our amazing zoo, and to Baffin and Siku.
Written 14 April 2024
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PMedKing
Medicine Hat, Canada738 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We took our granddaughter to the Calgary Zoo for her first visit. She absolutely loved it. The highlight was definitely the giraffe’s and the hippopotamus’ as they were quite active compared to the other animals who were busy napping. Unfortunately the penguin exhibit was closed which was a bit of a bummer. I would definitely return in the future.
Written 11 April 2024
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Pushkin Shukla
Calgary, Canada794 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
From the splendour of the Rocky Mountains to the heart of Destination Africa, the zoo houses over 1,000 animals worldwide. Here are some highlights:
African Rainforest: Trek through this area to see the gorilla troop.
African Savannah: Safari over this region to watch the Hippo's swim.

Canadian Wilds: Climb to see grizzly bears.
Penguin Plunge: Cool off and observe four species of penguins.
Exploration Asia: Visit endangered red pandas and Amur tigers.
Dorothy Harvie Gardens: Wind down your trip with a fragrant garden walk.
ENMAX Conservatory: Sit with the butterflies (seasonal).

Notably, every visit helps protect endangered animals at home and in the wild. The zoo also features the unique and immersive Gateway to Asia building, which includes Komodo dragons, white-handed gibbons, and a Malayan tapir.
Written 8 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

E D
Kelowna, Canada30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This is a really great zoo, the animals appeared to be well cared for and so much to see. We especially liked the penguins and appreciated the helpful staff.
Written 10 March 2024
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Victoria P
Crofton, Canada15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The zoo is a great activity for any age. There are certain days of the month they do the penguin walk, you can review on their website before hand. The zoo is huge with different themed sections to explore. You can literally spend all day there exploring if you want.
Written 9 March 2024
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Michele E
Alpharetta, GA126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Excellent winter day at the zoo. Not all of the exhibits were open but the penguin walk was so fun to see! The wolves and polar bears were enjoying the snow too
Written 10 February 2024
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Southtrack
Canberra, Australia250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
My family had a day on the ground in Calgary following a tour of more remote places in the Rockies, so I asked a Canadian friend what to do. His first recommendation was the Zoo, and it’s hard to fault.

This is one of the best zoos we have been to, and it takes a while to see it all, so give yourself time. While it’s not open plan, the animals have space, and all appear very healthy and active. The enclosures allow good viewing, and zoo employees and volunteers always seem to be on hand to provide facts about the animals—both as species and individuals.

The zoo is split into geographical sections—Canada, Asia, Africa, etc—with a separate penguin facility.

Being Australian, we’d seen plenty of penguins, some in the wild, and a lot in zoos. Why go halfway to the wrong pole to see birds native to Australian, New Zealand, and other Southern Hemisphere coastlines or waters? But Calgary’s penguin facility was better than anything we’d seen in Australia or New Zealand—climate controlled, and very up-close, with staff on hand to control visitor conduct and ensure the birds’ safety. It was the first exhibit we went through, and we went through again at the end. A definite highlight.

It was also great to get up close to some of the large mammals we had seen only from a distance or not at all in the wild in Canada—polar bears, brown bears, black bears, wolves and cougars. All the advice we’d received was that we didn’t want to see a cougar in the wild, and we weren’t that keen on bears or wolves either. The zoo put us literally within meters of them. There are also some great aviaries.

There are also a few places to eat, with a good selection of food.

We were there for hours. They don’t let you in within an hour of closing time (5PM), but my advice is to give yourself three or four hours to take it all in.
Written 30 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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