The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo


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The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is a globally recognized conservation organization that guides, innovates, and applies scientific solutions to restore some of the world’s most endangered species. Locally and globally we take action in the wild every day to yield powerful benefits for nature and for people. Our over 1,000 employees and volunteers are passionate about inspiring people to take action to sustain wildlife and wild places, welcoming over 1.3 million guests annually. As visitors discover the rare and endangered species that we love and care for at our facilities, they are directly contributing through admission and on-grounds sales to a not-for-profit charitable conservation organization that works to fight extinction of wildlife worldwide.  To learn more, visit or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

We have two different applications to choose from, so make sure you're applying for the one that's best for you! Follow the links for more information.

  • 18+ Volunteer Opportunities: Applications for Spring 2024 open February 1, 2024 and close on March 1, 2024 @ noon. Click here for more information on our adult volunteer opportunities. 
  • Junior Zoo Guides (ages 14-17): Applications for the 2024-2025 JZG program open March 1, 2024 and close April 1, 2024 @ noon.  Click here for more information on our JZG volunteer opportunities. 

Please note that Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo Volunteers DO NOT handle any animals during their time at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. Animals are only handled on an as-needed basis by Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo staff (i.e. annual exams, injuries, etc.)

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