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Celebrate Family This Family Day Weekend
at the Toronto Zoo!

Saturday, February 16 to Monday February 18, 2019
9:30am to 4:30pm (last admission 3:30pm)

Why not spend Family Day Weekend with the Toronto Zoo including three of our newest family members Charlie, the Western lowland gorilla, Kiran, the greater one-horned rhinoceros  and Penelope the pygmy hippo. Take in one of our daily Keeper Talks, Carnivore Feedings, award-winning exhibits, including our Tundra Trek, home to polar bears and arctic wolves or take part in our National Hippo Day celebrations, winter Orchid Oasis or sign up for our family Owl Prowl. It’s a weekend full of family-fun!

Membership to the Toronto Zoo’s Family:

Can’t get enough of the Zoo?  Join the Zoo Family and enjoy the Zoo year-round! SAVE on Membership by applying today’s gate admission* towards the purchase of a NEW Membership.  See Member Services or call at 416-392-9101.*Only admissions for registering Members can be applied; valid for two-weeks from date of admission.

Saturday, February 16 to February 18 , 2019
National Hippo Day Celebrations
Pygmy Hippo Exhibit, Africa Rainforest Pavilion
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Free with Zoo Admission

In celebration of National Hippo Day (February 15th), the Toronto Zoo is hosting events each day of Family Day Weekend. Join us at the Pygmy Hippopotamus Exhibit where you can meet our adorable pygmy hippo family including dad Harvey (24), mom Kindia (12), and baby Penelope (6 months).  The weekend will be filled with meet-the-keeper talks, enrichment presentations and family activities.  Also join us for our meet-the-keeper talks and enrichment presentations at 11:00am and 1:00pm. Guests will learn how deforestation is affecting the hippo populations and how, if more is not done, they are on their way to being considered critically endangered and why the Toronto Zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for Pygmy hippos to help save and protect this species. Coming in June! Join us this June 15th and 16th when we celebrate 2019 Hippo Awareness Weekend with both the river and pygmy hippos! * All free with Zoo admission. Subject to change without notice. 

Saturday, February 16 to Monday, February 18, 2019
Orchid Oasis
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Free with Zoo Admission

The Zoo’s Horticulturists have hand-picked a variety of orchid species to showcase in our Greenhouse just outside the Wildlife Health Centre. Guests can drop by Saturday, February 16 to Monday, February 18, 2019 from 10am to 4pm to take in the beautiful exotic flowers. Free with Zoo admission and subject to change without notice.

Sunday February 17, 2019
Owl Prowl Family Program
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a real hoot of an evening while we learn about the different species of owls that live in our area and why they are special hunters of the night. The evening will also include a special outreach owl visitor and it's Wildlife Care Keepers, then under the wintry moonlight, we’ll venture out into the Zoo for a “prowl” of our own and attempt to discover some owls, or other creatures, of the wild.

Register here

Program Includes:

  • Informative presentation
  • Special outreach owl visitor
  • Guided tour through the Zoo to search for wild owls

COST: $15(Member) and $20 (Non-member). Recommended for ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. *Cost is per individual

Western lowland gorilla Kiran laying on a log

Pygmy Hippopotamus mother and daughter eating leaves

Vanda-Pachara-Delight Orchid - hanging-from-Rose-Apple-tree-(Syzygium-jam)

Snowy Owl

*Please note all events subject to change without notice.


Please be advised that the African Savanna will be closed for Brew at the Zoo as of 2:00pm on Saturday, August 31, 2019. The area will open as usual on Sunday, September 1, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience.