Bat Awareness Days
Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Front Courtyard
Free with admission
Ontario’s bats are in peril. In the past five years, half of our bat species have been added to the endangered list. Come to our Bat Awareness Day event to learn about these remarkable animals and the work the Zoo is doing to help save them. We will dispel some of the myths that surround bats and teach you about their important role in the ecosystem.
Bats are amazing animals, and are entirely undeserving of their scary reputation. They also need our help! Half of Ontario’s bats are on the endangered list. Join the team from the Zoo’s Native Bat Conservation Program to learn the truth about bats, and the work we are doing to save them.
Learn about the eight species native to Ontario and the equipment we use to study them. Each day visitors can drop by and meet our team to test their hearing by listening to recordings of bats’ ultrasonic calls, and try out a bat detector! Plus make your own bat mask, crafts and colouring. Sign up for one of our ticketed sessions for our Bat House Building Workshop on Sunday.
Bat Awareness Ticketed Programs:
Saturday, August 11, 2018
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Bat Night 2018
Join us for our seventh annual celebration of bats at the Toronto Zoo which begins with an informative presentation by two of Canada’s leading bat experts, Dr. Brock Fenton and Dr. Paul Faure, as they shed some light on these mysterious and often misunderstood creatures. Then, experience the Zoo after dark for a short tour as we venture out to ‘listen to the night’ and identify wild bats using special ‘bat detectors’. You’ll also have a chance to meet two big brown bats from Dr. Faure’s research colony for an up close look at this common Ontario species while discovering more about the work being done at the Zoo and across the province to monitor and help protect these important creatures!
- Informative presentation
- Special outreach animal visitor
- Chance to accompany the experts to find wild bats in the Zoo
COST*: $15 per Member, $20 per Non-Member. This event is recommended for ages 12 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. *Cost is per individual. To purchase tickets (insert click through).
A portion of the proceeds gathered for this program will be directed towards funding Toronto Zoo’s Native Bat Conservation Program.
Sunday, August 12, 2018: Bat House Building Workshop
Location: Interpretive Centre (booked by PR and Events)
Ticketed sessions include: 1:00pm - 2:00pm / 2:00pm - 3:00pm / 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Come and build a bat house to take home! The Toronto Zoo’s Native Bat Conservation Team will be on hand to help you and your team* assemble your very own bat house. They will also provide information about bats, answer questions, and give guidance on how you can install your bat house at home.
Bat houses provide homes for bats and can be used by several of the eight Ontario bat species. This is a fun opportunity to help them out and learn more about their conservation and bring that learning back home!
COST*: $20 per Member, $30 per Non-Member. Space is limited.
*NOTE: *Cost is per bat house kit and does not include admission to the Zoo. Program is recommended for ages 5 and up and children must be accompanied by an adult (one per child).
REGISTER FOR 1:00PM – 2:00PM HERE
REGISTER FOR 2:00PM – 3:00PM HERE
REGISTER FOR 3:00PM – 4:00PM HERE
- Special outreach animal visitor
- Demonstration on how to build a bat house
- One bat house kit per registration