What We Do
It’s easy to get Calgary Zoo visitors excited about nature – you can’t help but feel a connection with the amazing creatures that call the zoo home. We celebrate the magical moments that happen here to open people’s hearts and minds, and help them take the next step – from recycling their cell phone to supporting conservation organizations.
We are passionate about conservation. And we know that it takes good science to successfully protect endangered species. Our dedicated biologists have supported and provided technical assistance to conservation projects in more than 20 countries. The zoo specializes in community-based conservation initiatives, one of which (Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary in Ghana, West Africa) received the UN’s Equatorial Prize. Through the Husky Energy Endangered Species Program, we are recognized as a North American leader in the science of species reintroduction. Our team may come from diverse backgrounds, but have one thing in common – a passion for conserving our world’s biodiversity.
In Our Backyard: We are sharing our messages of hope and inspiration through our on-park experiences with our guests and encouraging them to make a difference in the world around them. Working with governments, non-profit organizations, specialists, industry and communities, our team of conservation biologists conduct groundbreaking scientific research. Some of the species we are studying include whooping cranes, swift foxes, northern leopard frog and black-tailed prairie dogs.
Across the World: When committed communities get the support they need, the conservation results are truly inspiring. But communities in developing parts of the world must have a reason – largely economic – to protect wildlife. So we start by alleviating poverty: creating employment opportunities, focusing on education and improving the overall quality of life for community members. When people prosper, nature benefits. We choose projects that apply sound science, include local communities and have the greatest conservation impact. Then, we determine the best way we can help.
The Calgary Zoo began 2016 with a new resolution – we want to be more than a “zoo that does some conservation”;
we want to be a “conservation organization that happens to have a zoo.”
Of course, we are very proud to be known as a fun place to spend the day with family and friends. Yet we are less
known for our conservation work, for which we have been listed alongside top research zoos in the world.
More than just a great day out, the Calgary Zoo is a fantastic storefront for conservation education. It is an ideal
place to talk about the challenges facing animals, to share our successful work so people can see that action can
make a difference, and to inspire people to take action themselves.