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2013 Weekly Media Send Outs


Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature

The Toronto Zoo's one-year old polar bear cub, will embark on an exciting journey to a new, state of the art home at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg week of January 28, 2013. Before "Hudson", who has grown to be a big ("Hudson" weighed 700g at birth and now weighs in at 410 lbs!), happy and healthy bear, travels, the zoo is inviting visitors to come and say farewell to him before he goes off exhibit end of day Sunday, January 27, 2013.

"Hudson" has successfully surpassed many milestones in the past year and is a great ambassador for a species in need of public education and support. After a precarious start to life he became a very special member of the Toronto Zoo's wildlife family and represented a heartwarming journey of survival; one where expert zoo staff worked around the clock to save a vulnerable species.

The Assiniboine Park Zoo has recently completed the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre - a key component of the new 10-acre Journey to Churchill exhibit currently under construction. Hudson will be the first polar bear to inhabit this new facility prior to moving into Journey to Churchill in 2014. This is exciting news for the Toronto Zoo, Assiniboine Park Zoo and, of course, Hudson.

Please click here to see full details on Hudson's BIG move!

Thursday, February 14 & Friday, February 15
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Zoo Atrium (Ticketed/indoor event) - Adult Program
Join us for a delicious evening of food and fun as we learn the fine art of romance as observed in the animal kingdom. The program includes a special animal visitor, an interactive presentation, a meet and greet with our Reproductive Program Staff and Laboratory tour as well as a romantically inspired dinner experience.

COST (per adult):
$65 Zoo Member, $120 Zoo Members Couple
$75 Non-Member, $140 Non-Members Couple

Saturday, February 2
Americas Pavilion
Visitors are invited to join us and celebrate the wonderful and wacky world of wetland creatures with the Adopt-A-Pond Programme on World Wetlands Day! Experience heaps of activities for kids of all ages! Event is FREE with admission!

Saturday, February 9 & Sunday, February 10
Join us as we celebrate the 2013 Chinese New Year - Year of the Snake! Visit some of our fascinating snakes in indoor tropical pavilions and learn more about these amazing creatures! Snakes need love too! Bring a valentine for your favourite snake and kids (aged 4-12) receive half price admission*!

Saturday, February 16 to Monday, February 18
Celebrate Family Day Weekend by visiting with some of the Zoo's featured families such as the Western lowland gorillas, orangutans, Komodo dragons and hairy-nosed wombats, to name a few. There's no better way to spend quality time with the family than a visit with our Zoo family!

Chocolates are SO yesterday...
Why not give a unique gift by "adopting" an animal for the special person in your life? Your WILD Valentine will become a Zoo "parent" and receive an "Adoption" certificate, a photo of the chosen animal and more! CLICK HERE for more WILD information!


Photo Credit: Toronto Zoo

Slender-tailed meerkatsare highly social animals and live in packs consisting of familial groups. Each individual family group includes a breeding pair and their offspring. Mating is reserved for the dominant alpha male and alpha female in a meerkat gang. Learn more about mating in the animal kingdom from our Valentines Day adult program, "So you think you can Romance". Be sure to visit our Slender-tailed meerkats in the African Rainforest Pavilion.
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Current Zoo hours - 9:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.
Last admissions one hour before closing.
The Toronto Zoo is open year round (except Dec. 25th).

General Admission (13-64 incl): $20
Seniors (65+): $15
Children (4-12): $11
Children (3 and under): FREE
Prices include tax as applicable
Parking is $10

For more information, contact Lesley Dean at (416) 392-5974.

Events and admission prices subject to change without notice.
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