What happens when an organization tries to buck the bulky paper and find a more creative and environmentally-friendly way to present their annual report? You get a gorgeous report in the form of online photos, of course.

The Calgary Zoo released their annual report to Instagram this week, using quirky and fun photos to illustrate report findings.

The pictures posted include creative shots of zoo animals, visitors enjoying the facilities and photo illustrations using props like toys, maps and origami. Alongside are captions to detail the report.

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  • The Teddy Bear Picnic held on August 18 and 19.

  • Zoolights ran from November 23, 2012 to January 5, 2013

  • The number of educational biofacts catalogued is now 2,339 including items such as skulls, furs, claws and more.

  • A record-breaking attendance of 1.457 million guests in 2012.

  • With more than 600 private events, including 110 weddings, it was a record year for sales revenue and the second highest number of events in the zoo’s history.

  • The zoo's centre for research published a journal article in Wildlife Society Bulletin in June 2012, entitled, Archive eggs: A research and management tool for avian conservation breeding.

  • A shoutout to all sponsor and donors to the zoo.

  • Since opening in February 2012, Penguin Plunge was staffed full time by interpretive personnel with additional staff and volunteers used to help manage lineups.

According to Trigger, the marketing firm that pitched the idea, zoo officials "loved the paperless solution" and approved the visual project within minutes.

On their blog, Trigger says this is the first annual report to be released via Instagram.

Highlights in the beautiful report include the opening of the Penguin Plunge exhibit, the arrival of two new tiger cubs, a record year for sales revenue and countless public events and training programs.

Check out highlights from the annual report below and be sure to see the whole thing here or by searching for @CalgaryZoo2012AR on Instagram.

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