Parents and kids flock to Calgary Zoo for re-opening day

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After two months without school, without seeing their friends and without being able to participate in most of the activities that make being a kid so much fun, a trip to the zoo was just what Diego and Alexandra Carlos needed on Saturday.

With the Calgary Zoo opening to a maximum of 4,000 daily guests this weekend, their mom booked a time online for them and the family to visit.

The brother and sister were all smiles as they left the zoo on Saturday afternoon. When asked what their favourite part of the day was, they didn’t hesitate.

“Red panda, they’re so cute,” Diego said.

“They’re like little house cats,” Alexandra added.

A steady flow of people enter the Calgary Zoo as it opened in Calgary on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia
A steady flow of people enter the Calgary Zoo as it opened in Calgary on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

In total, the zoo said it expected around 2,500 people to visit Saturday.

Guests are required to buy tickets online in advance, with each ticket getting an assigned time for entering so that the zoo can monitor how many people are inside the grounds at any given time.

Four hundred people are allowed through the gates every hour and spokeswoman Alison Archambault said the zoo was thrilled with the way the first day went.

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