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Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature - Thursday, 2014-02-20



Between the warmer weather, our polar bear cub, baby gorilla, the only pair of giant pandas in Canada, the Orchid Extravaganza in the Malayan Woods Pavilion and our Move Your Paws For the Cause Event, there is no better place to be this weekend!
Everyone wants to know more about our three and a half month old polar bear cub. Well we can report that his personality is shining through more and more each day! The newest and cutest attention to the Toronto Zoo is a very curious and independent polar bear cub. He enjoys his enrichment toys and the keepers are providing him new scents and an array of enrichment items to stimulate his senses. Wildlife Care staff rotate these items on a regular basis as part of his daily behavioral husbandry and training. Some of the cubs favourite enrichment items are blankets, REALLY BIG water bowls, water cooler jugs. The bigger the items the better - if he can climb on it, push it or crawl in it - it is a favourite! He loves feeding time, showing his true 'bear-like' traits, he uses his front legs to block his bowl while eating. This is to ensure nobody else has the opportunity to get a taste.
The cub can be seen by visitors in his outdoor den and polar bear maternity area from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, there may be times when he is brought inside to enable our Veterinary and Animal Care Teams to continue to closely monitor his progress.
Photo Credit: Toronto Zoo

 The Toronto Zoo needs YOUR help in naming our male polar bear cub.
Toronto Zoo Staff have selected their top six names, and you get to vote for your favorite and help name Hudson's little brother. Once the votes have been tallied, the cub's official new name will be announced in early March.
CLICK HERE for more contest information and to submit your vote today!

Saturday, February 22, 2014 

Join the cause and walk or run in support of our polar bear family, including our new cub! Registration is available day of. 

Open to all runners, walkers and fitness folk of all ages and abilities. Bundle up and bring the whole family for a day of outdoor fun, fitness and fundraising. All proceeds raised from the event go towards Polar Bear Conservation! For online entry, pledge forms and further information and start times go to Please note registration includes admission for the day, non-transferable. Parking is $10. CLICK HERE and register today! Event beverages supplied by Coca-Cola.

Monday, February 24 to Friday, February 28, 2014
The Toronto Zoo in celebrating International Polar Bear Day by "Bundling Up For Polar Bears"! The Zoo’s "Bundle Up For Polar Bears" initiative is where we invite families, individuals, schools and businesses to join the Zoo in bundling up by putting on your favourite sweater, hoodie, or jacket and turning down your thermostat by two degrees between February 24th and 28th.  Register by emailing us at so we can log your participation.



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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): $23
Seniors (65+): $18
Children (3-12): $14
Children (2 and under): FREE
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Parking is $10
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