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12 DAYS OF ENRICHMENT* WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26 TO SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019

On the first day of Enrichment, the Toronto Zoo gave to me...

Join us this holiday season as our animals celebrate the season with the Toronto Zoo’s 12 Days of Enrichment! Why not enjoy some special time with friends and family with indoor pavilions, scenic walking trails and some adorable zoo babies born in 2018.

The Toronto Zoo’s Behavioural Husbandry Program is designed to provide enrichment and training experiences that mimic an animal’s natural behaviour and provide mental stimulation as well as choice within their environments. These experiences can include various puzzle feeders, novel substrates, and unique scents which encourage our animals to exhibit natural behaviours and as a result are a benefit to the animals overall health and welfare.

Join us and find out more about why enrichment is important and experience our animal family receiving their very own holiday treats! Don’t forget to drop off your old electronics at our Phone Apes Station at the front entrance.

On behalf of the Toronto Zoo Staff and our over 5,000 animals, we wish you and yours the very merriest for the holiday season and in 2019!

12 Days of Enrichment Promotions:

  • Retail Offer: Purchase $10 or more in one of our retail outlets and receive a special gift
  • Membership Offer: Purchase a NEW membership* during the Toronto Zoo’s 12 Days of Christmas (Dec 26, 2018 – Jan 6, 2019) and receive an extra TWO months on your membership!  There’s so much to see and do at the Toronto Zoo. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity.
    *Offer valid for NEW memberships only. Offer valid on in-person sales only done in the Member Services Office. Offer not available to online or mailed in applications. Membership must be purchased between December 26th 2018 and January 6th 2019. Offer will not be retroactively applied to previous purchases. Offer not applicable on discounted memberships. Click here for Membership benefits. http://www.torontozoo.com/Membership/
Day 1 boxes
Wednesday December 26th
Snow leopard
11:30 am - Snow leopard
Eurasia Wilds

Komodo dragon
11:30 am - Komodo dragon
Australasia Pavilion

Jaguar
12:00 pm - White-faced saki, golden lion tamarin, common marmoset, prehensile tailed porcupine
Americas Primate Wing

Sumatran orangutan
1:00 pm - Sumatran orangutan
Indo-Malaya Pavilion

Slender-tailed meerkat
1:30 pm - Slender-tailed meerkats
African Rainforest Pavilion

Masai giraffe
2:00 pm - Masai giraffe
Giraffe House, African Savanna

Western lowland gorilla
2:30 pm - Western lowland gorilla
African Rainforest Pavilion

Day 2 ice treats
Thursday December 27th
Polar bears
12:00 pm - Polar bears
Tundra Trek

Masai giraffe
12:00 pm - Masai giraffe
Giraffe House, African Savanna

River otter
12:30 pm - River otter
Outside Americas Pavilion

Sumatran orangutan
1:00 pm - Sumatran orangutan
Indo-Malaya Pavilion

Spotted-necked river otter
1:00 pm - Spotted-necked otter
African Rainforest Pavilion

Ring-tailed lemur
2:00 pm - Ring-tailed lemur
African Rainforest Pavilion

Day 3 browse
Friday December 28th
Masai giraffe
2:00 pm - Masai giraffe
Giraffe House, African Savanna

Western lowland gorilla
2:30 pm - Western lowland gorilla
African Rainforest Pavilion

Day 4 carnivore feeding
Saturday December 29th
Polar bears
12:00 pm - Polar bears
Tundra Trek

Day 5 carnivore feeding
Sunday December 30th
White Lion
1:30 pm - White Lion
African Savanna
Day 6 paper mache
Monday December 31st
Jaguar
12:00 pm - White-faced saki, golden lion tamarin, common marmoset, prehensile tailed porcupine
Americas Primate Wing

Slender-tailed meerkat
1:00 pm - Slender-tailed meerkats
African Rainforest Pavilion

Ring-tailed lemur
1:30 pm - Ring-tailed lemur
African Rainforest Pavilion

White-handed gibbon
2:00 pm - White-handed gibbon
Indo-Malaya Pavilion

Jaguar
2:00 pm - Concave-casqued hornbill
Indo-Malaya Pavilion

Day 7 Happy New Year tree trash
Tuesday January 1st
Greater one-horned rhino
11:30 am - Greater one-horned rhino
Greater One-Horned Rhino House

Reindeer
11:30 am - Reindeer
Tundra Trek

Polar bears
12:00 pm - Polar bears
Tundra Trek

Polar bears
12:30 pm - West Caucasian tur
Eurasia Wilds

Lynx
1:00 pm - Lynx
Canadian Domain

Wood bison
1:30 pm - Wood bison
Canadian Domain

Sumatran tigers
1:30 pm - Sumatran tigers
Indo-Malaya boardwalk

White Lion
1:30 pm - White Lion
African Savanna

Jaguar
2:00 pm - Hyena
African Savanna

Masai giraffe
2:00 pm - Masai giraffe
Giraffe House, African Savanna

Western lowland gorilla
2:30 pm - Western lowland gorilla
African Rainforest Pavilion

*weather depending
Day 8 training sessions
Wednesday, January 2nd
Snow leopard
11:30 am - Snow leopard
Eurasia Wilds

Masai giraffe
12:00 pm - Masai giraffe
Giraffe House, African Savanna

Polar bears
1:00 pm - Polar bears
Tundra Trek

Day 9 browse
Thursday, January 3rd
Masai giraffe
2:00 pm - Masai giraffe
Giraffe House, African Savanna

Western lowland gorilla
2:30 pm - Western lowland gorilla
African Rainforest Pavilion

Day 10 foraging & scents
Friday January 4th
Red Panda
11:30 am - Red Panda
Eurasia Wilds

River otter
12:30 pm - River otter
Outside Americas Pavilion

Sumatran orangutan
1:00 pm - Sumatran orangutan
Indo-Malaya Pavilion

Slender-tailed meerkat
2:00 pm - Slender-tailed meerkats
African Rainforest Pavilion

Western lowland gorilla
2:30 pm - Western lowland gorilla
African Rainforest Pavilion

Day 11 carnivore feeding
Saturday January 5th
Snow leopard
11:30 am - Snow leopard
Eurasia Wilds

Day 12 carnivore feeding
Sunday, January 6th
Polar bears
12:00 pm - Polar bears
Tundra Trek

Pile of gifts


On behalf of the Toronto Zoo Staff and our over 5,000 animals, we wish you and yours the very merriest for the holiday season and in 2019!

Red panda wearing santa hat
*Free with Zoo admission. Please note event is subject to change without notice.