What’s New and Exciting at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo This Summer

Check out Dinosaurs: Awakened, an exhibit in the recently redesigned Prehistoric Park that is home to 26 realistic-looking animatronic dinosaurs.

Get up close to moving triceratops and other animatronic dinos at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo’s Dinosaurs: Awakened. Photograph courtesy of Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo.

An action-packed day at the zoo would most certainly appear in the official Calgary summer playbook, if such a thing existed. And with the return of Dinosaurs: Awakened, there’s even more reason to visit: The exhibit in the recently redesigned Prehistoric Park is home to 26 realistic-looking animatronic dinosaurs. You’ll find dinos represented from all the zoo’s regions and learn about endangered species in the process.

Why you should go even if you don’t have kids: Beyond the fact that seeing gorillas, giraffes and, yes, animatronic dinosaurs, is thrilling no matter your age, there are events specifically for adults. Corks for Conservation (August 12) will have you tasting wines and listening to classical music performances at twilight, while Locked Zoo (July 20) is an escape room-like experience, where you’ll need to find clues around the zoo in order to save species (adult beverages are available at this event, too).

210 St. George’s Dr. N.E., 403-232-9300, calgaryzoo.com

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This article appears in the June 2022 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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