The Calgary Zoo is one tourist attraction not to miss when visiting Calgary. We have visited Zoos in the United States and in a couple of other cities in Canada and we really enjoy how spacious, clean and well maintain the Calgary Zoo is. They have a variety of animals, including Penguins, Hippos, Gorillas, Giraffes, Bears, Red Pandas, Tigers, Lemurs, and many more.
The last time we were at the Zoo we came for the opening of Penguin Plunge and this time we had the chance to check out the brand new Land of Lemurs immersive habitat experience. The 1.3 acre feature allows visitors to enter the lemurs’ world in a barrier-free setting and leave with simple actions that can help protect one of the world’s most endangered primates.
Land of Lemurs is located in Destination Africa and it features an outdoor walk- through that brings you up close to the animals. The habitat has 13 lemurs comprised of three species – black-and-white ruffed, ring-tailed and red fronted; some of the world’s most endangered primates.
The boys had a great time learning more about Lemurs and their habitat and getting so close to them. Because this is a new exhibit there was a line to get into the habitat experience and we had to wait about 10-15 minutes to go in. We were really impressed to see that the Zoo had some staff dedicated to making sure people were entertained while waiting. They had a magician, a lady applying temporary tattoos and another lady with a lemur puppet going around the line to ensure people, especially kids were happy while waiting, so brilliant!
The Calgary Zoo is working with the University of Calgary, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, and the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership to help protect lemurs and their habitats in the rainforests of Kianjavato, Madagascar through its specific community conservation project. The community conservation project has three focuses: Funding community owned tree nurseries to support reforestation efforts. Support local field technicians for long-term lemur ecological and population monitoring.
We love the Zoo’s conservation and habitat restoration efforts and we will continue to visit when in the Calgary area. Have you been to the Calgary Zoo before?
Disclosure: I receive complimentary entrance tickets to the Calgary Zoo for my family and I. However, all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.