Wilder Institute / Calgary Zoo

There’s lots to see and even more to do at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo! Travel to the chilly waters of Penguin Plunge. Hike up through the Rockies to find bighorn sheep, caribou, grizzlies, cougars, moose, and our two new polar bear residents, 'Baffin' and 'Siku'. Safari through the Savannah to see a tower of giraffes, a prickle of African crested porcupines, and a conspiracy of lemurs. Wade through the Rainforest to find West African dwarf crocodiles, Eastern black-and-white colobus monkeys, and western lowland gorillas. Meander through the tranquility and serenity of the ornamental Dorothy Harvie Gardens then flutter along with the butterflies inside the ENMAX Conservatory. Venture east to see the playful antics of the Japanese macaques and red pandas. Be sure not to miss the majestic Amur tigers and snow leopards while you're there!

Upcoming Events

Polar Bear Breakfast – April 6th to August 25th 

Start your day with family and friends at the zoo! Exclusively explore our Wild Canada zone before regular hours, witness our polar bears morning routine, learn fascinating polar bear facts from our wildlife conservation experts, and then enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast. Your ticket also includes zoo admission. Hurry, spots are limited!   

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Mothers Day Brunch – May 11th to May 12th 

Celebrate Mother’s Day in a wild and enchanting way with a special brunch at the zoo! Immerse yourself in the unique charm of nature while treating the most important woman in your life to a memorable experience. To make the day even more special, there will be special Mother’s Day themed menu, crafts for children to make a special gift, fresh flowers for mom, and more.   

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Wild After Hours: Locked Zoo – May 25th 

Get ready to embark on an epic adventure at Locked Zoo! This exhilarating two-hour escape game will take you on a wild journey through the zoo after hours. You’ll be challenged to use your wits, think creatively and work with your team to solve an intricate series of puzzles that bring animal conservation to life. Tickets will go on sale soon! 

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Grazers Dining Series | Old World vs. New World Wines – May 17th 

Join us for our third event of our Grazers Dining Series, featuring a delectable menu paired with local and premium liquors and wines. This dinner features a dinner curated by our Executive Chef Kenneth Titcomb exclusively paired with New vs. Old World wines. A local Sommelier will discuss the ins and outs of how the dinner was paired, with added details about inspiration and how it complements the palate. 

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Wild After Hours: Zoo Brew (18+) – June 7th 

The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo has teamed up with BeerGuysYYC to bring you a Wild After Hours adult-only evening of great beer, food and entertainment. Best of all – no waiting in line for drink tickets. Included in the ticket price is admission, access to samples from over 30 local breweries, chef-attended food stations, and other fun curated games. Tickets will go on sale soon! 

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Grazers Dining Series | Bridgeland Distillery – June 28th 

Join us for our final Dining Series event at the zoo’s Grazers restaurant. This dinner features an exclusively paired dinner curated by our Executive Chef Kenneth Titcomb with special guest and pairing by Bridgeland Distillery. They will discuss the ins and outs of how they paired the dinner with added detail around inspiration and how it complements the palate. 

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Wild After Hours: Corks for Conservation (18+) – August 9th 

Visit the zoo for an evening of beverage tasting, interactive food stations, live music, photo booth, art walk and other activities at this Wild After Hours adult-only event. Whether you’re admiring the animals or the lush gardens, the zoo’s vibrant atmosphere makes for a perfect night out with friends or a romantic date. Featuring a wide selection of both Canadian and international wine samples, you’ll have the opportunity to sip and stroll through the entire zoo after hours. Tickets will go on sale soon! 

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Wild After Hours: ZooDunnit (18+) – October 18th 

We need your help to crack the case! Join us this October for a brand-new live murder mystery game. Gather clues, engage with a shady cast of characters and enjoy food and drinks throughout the zoo. This adult only night will have your team of detectives on your toes as you discover who is ‘lion’. By the end of the night, you’ll have everything you need to know to solve the mystery – dinner and justice will be served! Tickets will go on sale soon!  

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Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo
1300 Zoo Road NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 7V6
Phone: (403) 232-9300