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Zoos, Nature Centres & Wildlife Parks Attractions & Entertainment

There’s no guarantee wild animals will show their furry or feathered faces while you’re out, so Alberta’s zoos, sanctuaries and parks can guarantee you get some wild in your life. ● Local stars: The Calgary Zoo’s Canadian Wilds exhibit is home to black bears, wolves, caribou, cougar, moose, bison, bighorn sheep and mountain goats, plus owls, whooping cranes and eagles. Beyond the locals, don’t miss the penguins, gorillas, lemurs and tigers. The animal selfie potential here is high. ● Only here: Meet very intelligent, slightly wild, and entirely beautiful wolf-dog crossbreeds at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary.

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Ellis Bird Farm

Lacombe, Alberta
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Located in the heart of central Alberta, Ellis Bird Farm is both a working farm as well as a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Mountain Bluebirds, Tree Swallows and other native cavity-nesting birds. Drop-in visitors and tour groups are welcome at Ellis Bird Farm.

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Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

Cochrane, Alberta
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Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary is dedicated to providing educational programs on responsible wolfdog ownership and the importance of preserving wild wolves in their natural environment. We are also dedicated the rescue and safe sanctuary of wolfdogs and welcome visitors to come and see our beautiful wolfdogs and learn all about them.

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University of Alberta Botanic Garden

Devon, Alberta
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Established in 1959, the University of Alberta Botanic Garden (Formerly Devonian Botanic Garden) is just 15-minutes from Edmonton. Be amazed by the wealth and diversity of nature at the stunning gardens– a must-visit for lovers of nature and beautiful things. With 80 acres of display gardens (and 110 additional acres of natural areas and ecological preserves), there’s tons to explore. Services include experienced staff familiar with working with groups, free parking, guided tram tours, an outdoor patio cafe and a charming gift shop. Numerous special events are held throughout the season, including the Kurimoto Japanese Garden Spring Festival, Date Nights, the Wild Mushroom Exposition and the annual Luminaria event, where thousands of candles light the pathways of the Japanese Garden in a breathtaking display.

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