Looking for an adventure this summer?
There is only one place in town to experience the world in a single day, and that’s the Calgary Zoo! Now, the Calgary Zoo has announced that the Gateway to Asia is open with new friends to meet and more wild adventures!
The newly re-imagined Gateway to Asia building (formerly known as Panda Passage) has re-opened for visitors with the Calgary Zoo’s newest residents making their public debut. We’ve already met the Komodo dragons, now come meet a Malayan tapir and two white-handed gibbons!
On June 29, 2021, the Calgary Zoo announced the arrival of Malayan tapir, Tanuck, on their social media channels as just one of the new residents to the space. On July 22, 2021, the zoo revealed that one more new species would join Tanuck and Komodo Dragon brothers, Thorn and Shruikan, as they welcome the white-handed gibbon siblings, Majimel and Maximus.
“Our Animal Care, Health, & Welfare team have gotten to know ‘Majimel’, ‘Maximus’ and ‘Tanuck’ since their arrival in early May and June, and they have stolen our hearts,” said Jamie Dorgan, Director of Animal Care, Health and Welfare. “We’re very excited for our community to have the opportunity to learn more about some of the incredible species that call Asia’s forests home. We have a role to play in helping species at risk by making sustainable choices that can help save critical rainforest habitat. As you step inside and see the forest through their eyes – we hope to help make those important connections between these endangered creatures and conservation action.”
Tanuck joins the Calgary Zoo from Parc Safari in Hemmingford, Quebec. He was born on June 29, 2001, and is 20 years old. Tanuck is not entirely ‘new’ to the Calgary Zoo. He was previously a Calgary Zoo resident from 2002 – 2003. The Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus), also called the Asian tapir, is the largest of the five species of tapir and the only one native to Asia. In the wild, Malayan tapirs are found in Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Malaysia.
The two male white-handed gibbons join the Calgary Zoo from Safari Niagara in Stevensville, Ontario. Majimel is 7 years old (born on January 20, 2014) and Maximus is 4 years old (born on December 30, 2016). They share the same sire (dad) and dam (mom) making them full siblings. White-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar) also known as the lar gibbon, are native to the tropical rainforests of Southern and Southeast Asia – inhabiting the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos.
Malayan tapirs and white-handed gibbons are classified as “Endangered” while Komodo dragons are classified as “Vulnerable.” The wild populations of these incredible species are decreasing significantly every year mainly due to habitat loss from deforestation for logging, road construction, and agriculture. You can help conserve precious forest habitat by ensuring the everyday paper and wood products you purchase are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. Products that have the FSC logo have been sourced in a way that’s environmentally friendly, socially responsible, and economically viable.
Timed ticketing is no longer in place at the Calgary Zoo so if you want to visit these incredible species, old and new, head down to the Calgary Zoo daily from 9 am – 5 pm. The last entry at the North Gate is 4 pm for the public and 5 pm for members. Tickets can be purchased in person at the North Gate or online at www.calgaryzoo.com.
With so much to see and do while you visit, consider a zoo membership. Any visitor can put the price of their admission ticket towards the purchase of a membership, within 7 days of their visit. Once you see all that the Calgary Zoo has to offer, you’ll want to visit again and again! Your zoo membership is also a purchase you’ll feel good about. Your kids will learn a lot about the natural world and your membership fee goes towards a great cause: wildlife conservation! Your support helps the Calgary Zoo protect wildlife and wild places.
This summer, it’s time for a WILD adventure!
Calgary Zoo Gateway to Asia:
When: Summer 2021
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Calgary Zoo
Address: 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary, AB