Toronto Zoo Events Calendar

National Indigenous Peoples Day
Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, 2020

Where: Wildlife Marquee

10:00am - 2:00pm

Free with zoo admission

The Toronto Zoo is celebrating National Indigenous People’s Day (NIPD) and 24 years of strong, vibrant cultures and traditions. Join us at the Wildlife Marquee for some Indigenous art and storytelling! Plus, due to the cultural importance of turtles in North American indigenous cultures, we have selected National Indigenous People’s Day as the day to release our head started Blanding’s turtles into the Rouge National Urban Park.

Blanding’s turtles are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and a provincially and nationally threatened species. Our head-starting program, which began reintroducing baby Blanding’s turtles in June 2014, has now reintroduced 154 baby Blanding’s turtles in total into the wild. The Blanding’s turtle is a long-lived species, with a life span of up to 80 years, and has inhabited the Rouge Valley for thousands of years, though prior to 2014 its future was uncertain, with as few as six adult Blanding’s turtles remaining.

Free admission will be provided to Indigenous peoples with the presentation of a status card, Metis card, or an Inuit Health Branch Client Identification Number (N-Number) on both the 20th and 21st of June, 2020.

Blandings Turtle


Please note that the African Savanna, from the south Kesho Gate by Kesho Park HQ to hyenas, will be closed on July 11 and 12, 2020 due to a 19+ ticketed event. Giraffes, River hippos, warthogs, Watusi cattle, African penguins and White lions will still be viewable. The African Rainforest Pavilion and Zoomobile operations will not be affected by this closure.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

*Please note all events subject to change without notice.