Toronto Zoo Events Calendar

The Toronto Zoo’s Holiday Animal Enrichment Days

Thursday, December 26, 2019 to Sunday, January 5, 2020

Join us this holiday season for this much-loved annual event as our animals get to participate in their very own seasonal celebration with the Zoo’s Holiday Animal Enrichment Days.  This is a fun way to learn about the importance of our Zoo’s enrichment program while watching our animals enjoy festive treats!

What is enrichment? Enrichment is a way for us to provide experiences for the animals and help mimic their natural behaviour with benefits to their health and welfare. These experiences can include the use of various food, puzzle feeders and unique scents as well as some items purchased from our annual Enrichment Giving Tree.  Full schedule to come.

Remember, it is also that time of year again for E-Waste Holiday Collection so don’t forget to drop off your old electronics at our Phone Apes Station at the front entrance.  

Check out some of the other festive Holiday Animal Enrichment Days 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 The Toronto Zoo’s Holiday Animal Enrichment Days Thursday, December 26, 2019 to Sunday, January 5, 2020) 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.

Toronto Zoo Holiday PhoneApes Collection Days

Toronto Zoo Admissions

Do you ever wonder what happens to your old electronics (also known as e-waste)?

Over 50 million tonnes of e-waste is produced every year and only 15-20% of it is recycled properly! The remaining electronics are sent directly to the landfill. Electronics are valuable and potentially hazardous materials that need to be recycled properly.

Did you receive a new cellphone for the Holidays? Do you have a drawer full of old cellphones? Help raise conservation funds for Gorilla conservation in Africa by donating your old cellphone to the Toronto Zoo’s PhoneApes program. This event directly correlates to the message of protecting the forest habitat of great apes in our PhoneApes program. Materials found in our electronics are mined from the same region Lowland Gorillas call home and by recycling your electronics you are reducing the demand to mine in that region and raising valuable funds to help Gorilla rehabilitation and veterinary services and habitat restoration in Africa.

Donate your old cellphone at the Guest Admissions window from December 26, 2019 to Sunday, January 5, 2020.

Didn’t get a new cellphone, but did get a new computer, save your old one and donate it to the PhoneApes e-waste collection to be hosted in the spring of the new year.

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 2020.




The Toronto Zoo is very excited to be bringing this unique and one-of-a-kind experience to Toronto this winter. Lumina Night Walk will be a 45 to 60 minute experience beginning at nightfall and engages emotion using storytelling, lighting design, an original soundscape and music, scenography, video and interactive technologies.

In preparation for Lumina Night Walk, we will be experiencing some construction in certain areas throughout the month of October. Thank you for bearing with us through this exciting time of preparations. Tickets for Lumina Night Walk at the Toronto Zoo will be available in November.

Please note the Discovery Zone, including the Kids Zoo, will be closed from Monday, October 7 to Friday, October 11 for Lumina Night Walk construction and preparation.

Please note the Core Woods Pathway – between Discovery Zone and Tundra Trek - will be closed from Tuesday, October 15 to Friday, October 18 for Lumina Night Walk construction and preparation.


Please be advised that the Indo-Malaya Pavilion will be closed until 10:00 am on Thursday, October 24th for a private event. We apologize for the inconvenience.

*Please note all events subject to change without notice.