Taking the Plunge


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June 6th 2012
Published: November 19th 2020
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Remember when I said I didn't really like zoos? I was blogging about the Australia Zoo, where you can get Up Close and Personal with kangaroos and koalas. Some zoos, like the Australia Zoo are really involved in conservation and education, and they do the best they can to give the animals an environment that resembles their natural one.

The Calgary Zoo is another one that does this. Not that they haven't had problems keeping some of the animals healthy in the past, but they are doing what they can. Recently they decided to phase out the elephants because although the current elephant enclosure meets regulations/standards, they want to give the elephants more room. The problem is, the Calgary Zoo is on an island, so there isn't more room.

When my family were in town for my MSc Convocation, we took my nearly-two-year old nephew to the zoo. While the rest of us loved the penguins, the butterfly conservatory and the roaming peacocks, my nephew's favourite thing was watching a "digger" do some landscaping at the end of the day. Not even the dinosaurs in the Prehistoric Park could hold a candle to the digger.

The brilliant sunshine of the early morning soon turned to rain, and we spent most of the morning dashing between indoor exhibits. Calgary weather being what it is, by the afternoon the sun was shining again.

The Penguin Plunge is a new exhibit featuring four species of penguins. The queues to get in to see the penguins can be up to two hours long on a busy day. We waited about two minutes to get in to see the penguins when we first arrived, and were so enamoured we went again on the way out at the end of the day (only because we didn't have to wait then either).

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