Panda Passage is part of the Calgary Zoo’s commitment to cutting-edge habitat design and has received Petal Certification, making it the most advanced habitat in the world, as well as the first project to receive the designation in Alberta.
Petal Certification is part of the International Living Future Institute’s (ILFI) Living Building Challenge and recognizes achievement of the world’s most rigorous building standards. Certification means that the zoo is taking action to ensure the space gives back more than it takes through design and construction.
“We’re so thrilled to see conservation organizations like the Calgary Zoo adopt the Living Building Challenge,” says Parker Helble, Certification Manager at the ILFI. “The zoo and ILFI share similar goals and values and Panda Passage is a wonderful reflection of this. Panda Passage successfully incorporates beauty, biophilia, conservation, health, equity, and education at the intersection of species. We hope the exhibit inspires others to appreciate the beauty and importance of nature and consider these principles in their work and everyday lives.”
The zoo achieved four Petals toward certification including health and happiness, materials, equity and beauty. Panda Passage’s design was inspired by the symbiotic relationship between the pandas, people and the building.
“Habitat destruction remains one of the biggest threats to pandas in the wild, much in the same way that the boreal forests and evergreen trees are a concern for wildlife in Canada. As a conservation organization, the Calgary Zoo is committed to using resources in the most efficient way possible and inspiring others by living our conservation philosophy through all that we do,” says Clément Lanthier, President & CEO, Calgary Zoo.
Construction on the $14.4 million Panda Passage began in 2016, with the support of the Province of Alberta and The City of Calgary and was completed in May of 2018. The habitat features 431 square meters of two indoor lush habitats and 1,512 square meters of outdoor habitat.
The Calgary Zoo is a conservation leader whose mission is to take and inspire action to sustain wildlife and wild places. As a not-for-profit charitable institution, a portion of all revenue is reinvested back into conservation activities at the zoo and around the world.
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