We awake around 8am and go downstairs for breakfast.
We want to be on our way by 9 am before the day gets too hot. Calgary has been experiencing some unseasonably hot weather. All the locals say they have never seen it this hot for so many days in a row.
We are on our way to the Calgary Zoo today.
The C- Train lets us off right at the zoo entrance. It sure is easy to get around Calgary.
Our first stop is at the Penguin Plunge. This is a new exhibit at the zoo. There was a 30 minute wait in line to get inside, but it is well worth the wait.
There were some Humboldt Penguins outside the facility in an enclosure.
Once inside, it is chilly… the environment is chilled to 7 degrees celsius. The penguins might think that is a bit too warm for their liking.
There were 4 different species of penguins.
Here is a King Penguin and some Gentoo Penguins in the background.
A close up of the King Penguin.
These are Gentoo Penguins.
And this is the only picture of a Rockhopper Penguin that I could get. They were too busy swimming and not one was out standing around wanting its photo taken.
This is a display showing the 4 different species of penguins at the Calgary Zoo.
We wanted to see the Canadian Wilds section of the zoo.
We saw some Big Horn Sheep and a Rocky Mountain Goat.
We saw a Great Grey Owl and a Snowy Owl.
A Dall’s Sheep and some Woodlands Caribou.
A Columbian Ground Squirrel.
Some Wood Bison and some Musk Ox.
A River Otter.
A pair of Whooping Cranes.
A Grey Wolf. Good thing I have a zoom lens, he was way at the back of the enclosure laying down.
A couple of Grizzly Bears.
Some Black Tailed Prairie Dogs.
A Black Bear that was sound asleep.
We stopped at the zoo cafe for a bite to eat, then continued on to the Destination Africa area of the zoo.
We stopped to look at the African Crested Porcupines.
We watched the Slender Tailed Meerkats as they scampered about and played with each other.
We watched as kids hand fed the Giraffe.
The Hippo’s weren’t very active today.
The Zebra’s were standing around waiting patiently while everyone took their photos.
We saw some Ostriches.
Some Red River Hogs.
Some Chilean Flamingos and a Peacock.
A couple of Bactrian Camels.
An Asian Elephant.
As we were heading back to the main entrance we passed the peacock again and he was posing nicely for the audience.
We had never heard of this animal before, a Patagonian Cavy. Kind of like an oversized rabbit.
That concluded our visit to the Calgary Zoo and we got back on the C-Train for the ride back to our hotel. We didn’t have anything planned at the Stampede today, but we will be going there tomorrow for another evening concert.
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