The Calgary Zoo has announced plans to reopen the popular attraction in stages, with the first section scheduled for the end of July.

On July 31, the north portion of the zoo, consisting of the Penguin Plunge, Prehistoric Park, and Canadian Wilds, is expected to open to the public. 

“The penguins have remained wildly popular since Penguin Plunge opened in 2012 so we know many people will continue to visit that wonderful exhibit,” says Dr. Clément Lanthier. “For many tourists, getting up close to the species in Canadian Wilds is the most unique part of their visit, and we know Calgary families love to bring their children to explore Prehistoric Park.”

Visitors are expected to have access to all sections of the zoo by the end of November.

Damage to the Calgary Zoo following June’s flooding of the banks of the Bow River is expected to carry a $60 million price tag.

The estimated total includes $50 million in damages to land and building, as well as $10 million in lost revenue from gate admissions, gift shop sales, and concession sales.

“The impact of the flood on our operation is staggering because we generate almost half our total revenue in July and August,” says Lanthier. “So in addition to damage to land and property, we will have a $10 million shortfall in revenue during the restoration period that we will not recover. In fact, we will lose $5 million in revenue in July alone. For a not-for-profit charity, this is a major blow.

Severely damaged buildings on St. George’s Island include:

  • African Savannah
  • ENMAX Conservatory
  • Kitamba Café
  • Commissary/kitchen facilities
  • Concession shops
  • The Centre for Conservation Research
  • Administrative and security offices
  • The maintenance shop

“We are hoping Calgarians will continue to support their zoo as they have for 84 years, by visiting, buying memberships and making donations.”

“We know it is important to Calgary families, to our city’s tourism industry and to the spirit of our community that the Calgary Zoo reopens as quickly as possible.”