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Discover The Wild World Of Alberta, Canada’s Zoos
John Janzen Nature Centre
Canada's oldest nature center, John Janzen Nature Centre is located in the River Valley of Edmonton. For 34 years, the center has provided educational interactive exhibits and educational opportunities for those ready to explore their natural surroundings. Enjoy learning about the animals and natural habitats, at the Tegler Discovery Zone and Prairie Pond. Stroll along the interpretive trails and learn more about the natural spaces of northern Alberta.
Children love attending the school programs, camps and courses offered at the Nature Centre. Celebrate a special occasion or birthday at the centre, for a wild time. The Natural Treasure Program, an outdoor scavenger hunt, is a fun way for kids to learn about nature.
Hay-Zama Lakes Wildpark
Located in northern Alberta, Hay-Zama Lakes Wildland is a luscious wetland, featuring plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. The park is rougly 486 square kilometres, just a short drive northwest of High Level.
Given its namesake, Hay-Zama Lakes houses five different lakes, including North Zama Lake, Zama Lake, Duck Lake, Sand Lake, and Hay Lake. Popular outdoor activies at Hay-Zama Lakes Wildland Park include fishing, hunting, and bird watching.
Established in 1929, the Calgary Zoo is located in the heart of Calgary along the Bow River. The thirty-six mammals and seventy-eight birds at the start, were later joined by coyotes, bears, timber wolves, lynx and a polar bear. The Zoo made headlines in 1939, when "Buster" the sea lion got out of his habitat and swam in the Bow River. Throughout the years, the Zoo expanded with additional habitats, buildings, animals and an animal hospital.
This Association of Zoos and Aquariums Zoo, features a wonderful variety of exhibits. Enjoy strolling through the Zoo's Prehistoric Park, Destination Africa, South America, Eurasia, Canadian Wilds, Enmax Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Kids love crawling through the tunnels at the Kinsmen ZooVenture Playground and riding the Wildlife Carousel at the Calgary Co-Op Kids Zone. Everyone enjoys the numerous daily programs scheduled throughout the day at the Zoo and the year-round special events are not to be missed.