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Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature - Wednesday, 2013-05-08


Top Chef Canada spends a day at the Toronto Zoo where they work as a team to create a special tasting menu inspired by the Zoo's seven geographical regions.

The winner of Top Chef: Las Vegas, Chef Michael Voltaggio joins as a guest judge and
Jaap Wensvoort, Head Nutritionist, Toronto Zoo joins as a Special Guest Taster.

Be sure to watch the Toronto Zoo's episode on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 
9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Food Network Canada.

CLICK HERE for the episode trailer.
Celebrate this Mother's Day at the Toronto Zoo!
Sunday, May 12
Why not bring Mom for a day at the Zoo and meet some of our WILD Moms including Tania (two-toed sloth), Olive (babirusa) and Puppe (orangutan)!
Join us in the Indo Malaya Pavilion to learn more about M.O.M (Missing Orangutan Mothers). Orangutan mothers and babies have a very close relationship. The mother and offspring bond is actually the most important social bond with orangutans demonstrating how important moms are! Mother's Day is a great opportunity to bring attention to the plight of these beautiful red apes and to encourage people to learn more about how you can to help protect them!
Saturday, May 11
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
This year's theme is "Life Cycles of Migratory Birds: Conservation Across the Americas" This theme addresses the need for conservation throughout all aspects of their life cycle, from nesting to migration to breeding and raising young. One and two hour guided bird watching tours of the Rouge Valley and around the Zoo site will be conducted on the hour from 7:00 am to 12 noon. Tours are $10.00 per person. To pre-register for tours, or to obtain more information, contact Elaine Christens at
Saturday, May 11
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) students from the Let's Talk Science program will join the Toronto Zoo for a third year, in helping to bring science to life. The event is a part of Science Rendezvous, a national day of festivities celebrating science across Canada. A number of UTSC student volunteers will lead activities and displays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm to encourage Zoo visitors to think about what makes animals so amazing and unique through the prism of science. FREE with Zoo admission. Any questions contact
Saturday, May 18 to Thursday, May 23
Turtles around the world are threatened with extinction, but they are also some of the most honoured and celebrated creatures on earth. Join the Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme to discover the diversity of culture and mythology associated with turtles; learn how conservationists are helping to save turtles globally and how you can protect these amazing animals here in Ontario. Visit Americas Wetlands and come face to face with a giant turtle mascot, inflatable replicas of Canadian species, a turtle bouncy castle, face painters and more!
Sunday, May 26
Check-in 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Event activities run until 2:00 pm
Join Cystic Fibrosis Canada for a day of family fun while taking Great StridesTM to cure cystic fibrosis. Raise $25 and receive a Zoo Package which includes: entrance to the Toronto Zoo and admission to the new Panda Exhibit, a FREE lunch, a route map, access to children's activities, interactive Zoo-themed touch tables and a special meet and greet with "KungFu PandaTM*" and a WILD Zoo animal!
For more details and to register today, CLICK HERE. 
Giant Panda Update by Maria Franke, Curator of Mammals
Er Shun and Da Mao have settled in very well to their new habitat at the Toronto Zoo. They are eating a lot of bamboo and they both like the Aurea species. They are currently getting young bamboo growth and they both Love it! The keepers weight them regularly and Er Shun just out beats Da Mao weighing 100 kg and Da Mao weighs 99.8 Kg.
The official CFIA quarantine is over and staff are allowing both pandas the chance to explore all of their new habitat areas.
They are getting more and more curious with their new enrichment items and Da Mao loves to participate in his training sessions with the keepers. Er shun is slowly catching on to her training routine.
The Chinese giant panda experts, Guo Wei is visiting us from Chongqing Zoological Gardens, Chongqing and Li Mingxi is visiting us from Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Chengdu have been a tremendous help working alongside the Toronto Zoo keepers and their expertise has been invaluable.
Looking to add some adventure to your next Corporate Event?
Why not bring your herd to the wildest venue in town-The Toronto Zoo.
CLICK HERE for full details on our extensive Corporate Events Package or to book your event today!
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Current Zoo Hours: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, daily. Last admissions one hour before closing.
The Toronto Zoo is open year round (except Dec. 25th).
General Admission (13-64 incl): $28
Seniors (65+): $23
Children (3-12): $18
Children (2 and under): FREE
Prices include tax as applicable
Parking is $10
For more information, contact Lesley Dean at (416) 392-5939.

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