The Calgary Zoo will completely reopen on Nov. 28, more than five months after floodwaters devastated the popular attraction.
The June flooding caused about $50 million in damage to the zoo, much of which is on St. George’s Island on the Bow River south of downtown.
Nearly 300 zoo employees were laid off because of the closure and the operation lost about $160,000 per day while it remained shut.
Officials were only able to reopen about a third of the park to visitors at the end of July while reconstruction work was completed on several key exhibits and banquet facilities.
“From the time of the flood in June, I have witnessed a remarkable team of staff and volunteers working diligently and passionately to bring the zoo back to what it was and I believe in many ways our community will find that it’s better than ever. I am so proud of the monumental feat they have achieved in such a short time,” said Clément Lanthier, the zoo’s president and CEO.
The zoo’s marquee winter event, Zoolights, will light up the park for the holiday season one day after the reopening.
Zoolights features 1.5 million colourful lights twisted around trees in animal and dinosaur shapes around the park and runs until Jan. 4.