Animals who had been housed at the Calgary Zoo’s South American building are set to be transported to zoos across Canada as part of a long term loan agreement.

The South American building was severely damaged in recent flooding on St. George’s Island and the extent of the damage, combined with the age of the structure, led to a decision by zoo officials to not rebuild.

The animals will be transferred to accredited Canadian zoos beginning the week of July 14.

  • Prehensile-tailed porcupines – Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg, MB
  • Cotton-topped tamarins - Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg, MB
  • Amazon parrots – Greater Vancouver Zoo, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Amazon parrots – Safari Niagara, Niagara, ON
  • Gibbons - Safari Niagara, Niagara, ON
  • Goeldi’s monkeys - Safari Niagara, Niagara, ON
  • Sloths – Riverview Zoo, Peterborough, ON
  • Giant Anteaters – Magnetic Hill Zoo, Moncton, NB
  • Hyacinth macaws - Magnetic Hill Zoo, Moncton, NB

Homes for the zoo’s spider monkeys, Andean condors and DeBrazza’s monkeys have not been secured.

Westjet, Cargojet and FedEx have offered to assist in the relocation of the animals.