MPI GCC Presents: Let’s hang with the lemurs & other wild adventures

October 26, 2017
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Calgary Zoo, Grazers
210 St. George's Drive NE
Calgary, AB T2E 7V6
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Get ready for an action packed evening at the Calgary Zoo! The evening will kick-off with a behind the scenes tour with the lemurs – get familiar with the lemurs' habitat and discover what Lemurs do best: play, groom, leap between trees, search for leaves to eat and soak up the sun! Following our visit with the lemurs, guests will be taken on yet another adventure with special guest speakers Susan Staple and Lynda Holleman from Banff National Park.

Enjoy sumptious food and beverages at Grazers – a licensed and catered private event space at the Calgary Zoo.

5:00 p.m.
Arrival at Grazers and mingling. Enjoy some beer and scotch tastings provided by Yukon Brewing and be sure to stop by and get a picture in our green screen lemur photobooth!
5:45 - 6:15 p.m. Behind the scenes tour with the lemurs
6:45 - 7:45 p.m. Presentations by Parks Canada
7:45 - 8:30 p.m. Reception and entertainment by Jacquie Drew & the Crew

Join us and be entered into a draw to win lunch, breakfast and a one night stay at the Carriage House Inn.

Guest Speakers: Susan Staple and Lynda Holleman from Banff National Park

Protecting Banff Bears: The Hunt for Innovative Solutions

Banff National Park is one of the most developed landscapes in the world where large carnivores, such as grizzly bears, still survive in their natural habitat. Identified as “threatened” in this region of Alberta, protecting grizzly bears and ensuring their long term survival is one of the national park’s top priorities. Join a Parks Canada staff member for a glimpse into ongoing research which will provide participants with an understanding as to what is involved in conducting this important work. Through behind the scenes video footage, meet dedicated and passionate team members as they trap and collar a female grizzly bear. Enter the secret world of curious forest dwellers as they examine test sites and have a few surprises!

This presentation will provide participants with a true appreciation for the complexities involved in protecting one of Canada’s iconic species.

Making Canada’s Busiest Highway Safe for People and Safe for Wildlife

The original two lane Trans-Canada Highway was built so people could travel safely through the Rocky Mountains, however, it greatly impacted safe travel for wildlife. Over time, traffic volumes increased dramatically and it became clear that the busy Trans-Canada Highway required an upgrade from two lanes to four.

 No highway in Canada had ever been made safe for wildlife. Canada’s first national park was the place to figure out how. Highway fencing and wildlife crossing structures were largely untested ideas. Through years of research and monitoring, Canada’s busiest highway through Banff National Park now has 44 wildlife crossing structures: six go over and 38 go under. Some animals, like black bears and cougars, prefer underpasses. Others, like grizzlies, prefer overpasses. Wildlife is now crossing the highways safely and is once again roaming freely through their mountain homeland.

This presentation, delivered by Parks Canada staff, showcases how the Agency has become a global leader in conservation by reducing wildlife highway mortalities and succeeding in making roads safer, not only for people, but for wildlife too.

  Note: You will receive a follow up email, closer to the event, with parking instructions, a map on where to access the park, and additional park information.  If you have any questions, please contact Sue Summers at


A big thank you to our sponsors!




$45.00 Member Registration

$55.00 Non-Member/Guest

$30.00 Student Registration