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The Toronto Zoo's Winterfest Event this weekend!

Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature - Wednesday, 2013-02-20

Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24, 2013
11:00 am to 3:00 pm, daily, in the Tundra Trek

Join us this weekend and take part in the "coolest" event in town, Winterfest. This event works in collaboration with Polar Bears International (PBI) that helps celebrate International Polar Bear Day! Zoo visitors are invited to take part in fun and educational activities that help to inform, raise awareness and support the beautiful and iconic vulnerable species, the polar bear.

The Winterfest fun includes special "Meet the Polar Bear Keeper" talks, environmentally themed children's activities and crafts, daily draws for great prizes and more!
The event is FREE with Zoo admission.

Help Celebrate International Polar Bear Day!

In celebration of International Polar Bear Day on Wednesday, February 27, the Toronto Zoo is inviting you to "Bundle Up For Polar Bears" by putting on your favourite sweater, hoodie, or jacket and turning down your thermostat by two degrees between Monday, February 25 and Friday, March 1.
You'll 'bare-ly' notice the cooler temperature!

To register please email us at


Saturday, March 9 to Sunday, March 17
9:30am to 6:00pm, daily
(last admission at 5:00pm)
When making plans this March Break don't forget to visit the world famous Toronto Zoo! You are sure to have a WILD time with some animal friends! Looking for some warmth? Stop by one of our five tropical pavilions, bursting with animals, plants and sea life. Grab a hot chocolate and take in one of our educational and fun daily Keeper Talks! To help celebrate March Break the Zoo is offering our visitors a daily promotional offer plus extended hours!


Interact with and inspire visitors with fun, educational activities at the Zoo's new Giant Panda Exhibit and throughout the Zoo site, and assist at special events.
Click herefor more information on how to become a volunteer!


Heather Kalka, Wildlife Care Keeper:

While visiting the Toronto Zoo you may have seen Heather Kalka working as one of the many dedicated Wildlife Care keeping staff who provide the outstanding care to the Zoo's diverse animal collection. The keepers at the Toronto Zoo have a wide range of responsibilities, many of which may be unknown to Zoo visitors. Conservation is an essential part of a keeper's job as they are well educated about conservation issues relating to the Zoo's animals and support the preservation of species in the wild population.

In October of 2009 Heather was granted, what she believes to be, a once in a lifetime opportunity. Through her work with the American Association of Zoo Keepers and Polar Bears International (PBI) she would make the journey to Churchill, Manitoba to see one of Canada's most iconic species in the wild, the polar bear. It is here that keepers from across North America decide to take action, forming Acres for the Atmosphere. This is a special program which focusses on inspiring communities to take action and giving them the tools to help make a difference.

Little did Heather know that she would once again return to Churchill in 2012 to help facilitate this camp, and pass on the inspiration and determination to fellow eager minds.

The polar bear is a symbol of the change that is taking place all around us. Heather states "our weather is becoming more erratic, birds and animals are seen out of season, flowers bud and freeze. We are witnesses to these changes that are taking place in our very own backyards but it's time to see them, to ask questions and most importantly find out how we can make a difference. You do not need to travel north to know that the time to act is now. We need to change our actions to reflect the world we wish to live in".
For more information on the Toronto Zoo's conservation projects please click here or to set up an interview with Heather Kalka please contact Lesley Dean, Public Relations Assistant Public at 416 392 5974 or
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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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