The grounds of the Calgary Zoo host thousands of nectar-rich native plants, with varying and overlapping bloom times, and floral shapes to satisfy a diverse population of pollinators. Also, zoo visitors learn about pollinators through interpretive signage, interactive programs and educational workshops. For these and other reasons, the Calgary Zoo has been recognized as first Bee City Business in Alberta.
The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo has been a Bee City partner for years now, we are always striving to enhance our gardens along with conserving, protecting and respecting the biodiversity on grounds to ensure that the benefits for wildlife and people can be enjoyed for years to come. Across the grounds we have thousands of nectar rich native flowering plants with varying and overlapping bloom times and floral shapes to satisfy the diversity of native pollinators. There is also a dedicated Pollinator Garden and nectar rich plants, shelters and nesting sites.
Here at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo we are continuously improving and maintaining our pollinator habitats. We update signage around the Zoo yearly and are always updating our pollinator gardens, as well as coming up with new and exciting information to share with our employees and students that join our summer programs.
Across the grounds we have developed signage for our pollinator gardens to educate our visitors. We also provide pollinator action stations where we educate guests and students about pollinators. We educate guests on how they can better their own gardens at home to be more pollinator friendly. In the Butterfly Garden Gallery of the Enmax Conservatory we have included messages about the importance of pollinators and educate staff on the importance of sustainability practices, including messages that are pollinator focused.
We welcome hundreds of students each week with summer camps and educate them on the importance of pollinators and how they can help. In the Canadian Wilds there is a Nature Playground called “Bugtopia”, with the focus being bugs with there being themed play towers. Here, guests and students can learn the importance of bees and other pollinators and teach the public how important they are to our environment.
Mission: Take and inspire action to sustain wildlife and wild places.
Vision: Canada’s leader in wildlife conservation
We are a conservation organization that operates a zoological society to support our many different conservation initiatives in Canada and around the world. We are Alberta’s oldest non-profit located in the heart of the city and see on average 1.3 million visitors per year.
This application is being prepared as an initiative through our Green Team Council. As the Green Team Council, we minimize the zoo’s ecological footprint to sustain wildlife and wild places by;
• inspiring behavioural change
• developing and recommending sustainability programs
• supporting other people’s ideas
• changing policies and practices
• communicating and educating
• leveraging our partnerships