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Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature - Wednesday, 2014-05-07


Toronto Zoo Is WILD about Mothers!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

10am to 4pm, Wildlife Marquee

Join us as we celebrate Mother's Day. We are creating a special activity zone where children,12 and under, will be able to create something special just for Mom. Children will have the chance to say "cheese" at the ProShot™ Mother's Day Photo Station*, decorate their own photo frame, create a handmade card for Mom and more! Mom's who visit the Wildlife Marquee on May 11th will be eligible to fill in a ballot to win one $100 gift certificate for Molly Maid, one $50 dinner on us certificate from Pizza Pizza, one $50 gift certificate for Mary Macleod's Shortbread - all-butter and hand-made! Whether the Dad's want to give Mom a break and bring the kids to the Zoo for the fun or the whole family wants to enjoy, the Toronto Zoo is the place to be this Mother's Day.

You'll also be able to find lots of Mom's around the Zoo so don't forget to drop by and visit Lucy the Lemur, Ngozi our Western lowland gorilla, Twiga the Masai giraffe, polar bear Aurora, Shani and Tori, the Grevy's zebras and more! There is also a special display, in our Indo-Malaya Pavilion, so visitors can learn more about M.O.M (Missing Orangutan Mothers). Did you know that Orangutan mothers and babies have a very close relationship and that the mother and offspring bond is actually the most important social bond with orangutans? Learn more educational facts including how you can help protect this important and rare species.


When you purchase a NEW Toronto Zoo Membership on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11, 2014 you could win one of FIVE $50 gift certificates for Mary MacLeod's hand-made all-butter Shortbread! For more details please contact Guest Services at 416-392-5929.

Also don't forget about our


which includes a cuddly,plush gorilla, Mom's name into our draw for a chance to visit our gorilla family and their zookeeper behind-the-scenes and an "Adoption" certificate with a colour portrait of our gorilla Mom and baby. Click here to order your gift package today. Or call 416-392-9114.

*one photo per family.

Is it a cat? Not quite! Slender-tailed meerkats (think Timon from the Lion King) are part of the mongoose family.

Come out and join us every Saturday at 1:30 pm during the month of May to watch our mob of meerkats cleverly extract crickets and mealworms from special enrichment devices! They will also keep you fascinated with their ability to excavate tunnels in which they live, only coming out during the day to hunt for food and soak up warmth from the sun!



Exploring The World Of Science At The Toronto Zoo

Saturday, May 10, 2014

10:00am to 3:00pm

University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) students from the Let's Talk Science Program will join the Toronto Zoo, for a fourth year, in helping to bring science to life. The event, Science Rendezvous, is a national day of festivities celebrating all things science across Canada. A number of UTSC student volunteers will lead activities and displays on site, 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. Event FREE with Zoo admission. Any questions contact

Saturday, May 10, 2014

This year's theme is "Why birds matter: the benefits to humans and nature". It shares the many ways in which birds matter to the earth, to ecosystems, and of course, to us. One and two hour guided bird watching tours of the Rouge Valley and around the Zoo site will be conducted on the hour from 8:00 am to 3 pm. Tours are $10.00 per person. 
To pre-register for tours, or to obtain more information, contact Elaine Christens at 416-392-5960 or e-mail her at

Saturday, May 17 to Monday, May 19, 2014

10:00am to 4:00pm

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. Explore the pavilions to meet live species from all corners of the planet, visit artistic classroom renderings of culturally-themed turtles, learn to identify all eight of Ontario's turtles, and play timed turtle trivia to win a special prize! Visit or call 416-392-5999 for more details.

Saturday, May 24, 2014
10:00am to 3:00pm, America's Pavilion

World Fish Migration Day 2014 (WFMD) is a one day global initiative, with local events worldwide, to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. WFMD is held to improve the publics' understanding of the importance of open rivers and migratory fish and their needs. Visit the America's Pavilion and learn about the Toronto Zoo's important Atlantic salmon rear and release program involvement with local schools! Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the fascinating life travels of the native American eel. Join the Toronto's Zoo Great Lakes Outreach Program, which is a FREE, curriculum-based education program that encourages students, educators and families to "Keep our Great Lakes Great" while learning about five local fish species at risk!

Sunday, May 25, 2014
Check-in 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Event activities run until 2:00 pm

It is the 10th annual Great Strides™ walk at the Toronto Zoo presented by BMO Capital Markets.
Registration fee is $25 which includes your entry to the zoo, discount on tickets to The Kratt Brothers show, and BBQ lunch.


to register today! 
* Please note $10 parking fee not included

*Please note all events subject to change without notice.

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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): $23
Seniors (65+): $18
Children (3-12): $14
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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