The Calgary Zoo
The Calgary Zoo
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 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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  • angel567892023
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just don't go to the Kitamba cafe and you'll be good
    This zoo is pretty cool. A few exhibits were closed due to aviary flu concerns and the weather which was understandable for the weather. My only complaint was with the Kitamba Cafe is very unorganized. You pay as you leave which shouldn't be a problem but the staff making the food can't keep track of what you want. Had one guy ask for our order and another give us the wrong thing then seemed upset with us when we said this isn't what we wanted. Food wasn't very good either. The Kitamba Java however was much better.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2023
  • Linda K
    Ottawa, Canada125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun family outing
    What a great zoo! Perfect day outing with family and grandson! His favourite were the penguins! He could of watched them all day! The staff were so friendly and inviting ! The volunteers always had smiles and could answer any questions we had! Even though there is construction going on, it didn’t make it less enjoyable! Will definitely go back once construction is complete
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 30, 2023
  • DJO
    69 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 July 16, 2023
  • Marni K
    430 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 July 20, 2023
  • Chris
    Edmonton, Canada244 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 August 16, 2023
  • k0ntheg0
    7 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 August 28, 2023
  • Dibsy
    London, United Kingdom41 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 September 4, 2023
  • cwoywada
    Winnipeg, Canada74 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 December 30, 2023
  • Pawel U
    London, United Kingdom104 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 January 2, 2024
  • Southtrack
    Canberra, Australia241 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 January 30, 2024
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Michele E
Alpharetta, GA125 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 February 10, 2024
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Southtrack
Canberra, Australia241 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 January 30, 2024
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stuartyoneknobi
co. donegal398 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The zoo is very nice and has a good layout is clean and well kept but for me there weren’t enough animals to call it a really good zoo it’s a pleasant way to pass an afternoon but not a must see for me
Written January 4, 2024
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Pawel U
London, UK104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
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.
Written January 2, 2024
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cwoywada
Winnipeg, Canada74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
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.
Written December 30, 2023
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Tom and Anne H
Buckhurst Hill, UK308 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is well worth a visit. The guides around the zoo were very friendly and informative . There is a lot to see so make sure you have enough time. This is a must visit if in the area.
Written November 1, 2023
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cwoywada
Winnipeg, Canada74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We went to the zoo. Love the garden so creatively done. Got lost. It is I think too large to see in one day. It is expensive. 4 adults is over 150.00 plus parking.
Written September 5, 2023
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Dibsy
London, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
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.
Written September 4, 2023
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.

k0ntheg0
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
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.
Written August 29, 2023
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sukhjiwan h
Walsall, UK177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Brilliant fun day out in Calgary. Different themes in different areas, and lots to see. As well as the animals, the gardens are brilliantly manicured and attractive. Plenty of places to eat and drink, and easily approachable staff.
Written August 19, 2023
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