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Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature - Wednesday, 2014-07-17

40 Days of 40 Animals Countdown for 40th Anniversary

The Toronto Zoo is celebrating 

40 Days of 40 Animals

 leading up to its 40th anniversary on August 15, 2014. As part of the anniversary celebrations, the Toronto Zoo is highlighting 40 unique species and to demonstrate how the Zoo is contributing to their survival. Each day, one of our animals will receive a special enrichment item or feeding.
When the Toronto Zoo first opened its doors in 1974 it was hailed as one of the most forward thinking and innovative zoos in the world.  The Toronto Zoo was the first zoo in Canada to hire a full-time Nutritionist and is the only zoo in Canada with a full-time Reproductive Physiologist. Today the Toronto Zoo remains a leader in conservation and education and works with many partners in Canada and around the globe to further advance species survival and regeneration.

Thursday, July 17th: 

Chameleon, African Rainforest Pavilion, Meet the Chameleon Keeper, 1:00pm

Friday, July 18th

: Nile Soft-Shelled Turtle, African Rainforest Pavilion, Keeper Training Demonstration, 1:00pm

Saturday, July 19th:

Western lowland gorillas, African Rainforest Pavilion, Keeper Talk, 2:30pm

Sunday, July 20th:

Arctic Wolf, Tundra Trek, Animal Enrichment, 12:30pm  

Monday, July 21st:

North American Otter, Americas Pavilion, Keeper Talk and Feeding, 12:30pm
Spotted-Necked Otter African Rainforest Pavilion, Feeding, 1:00pm

Tuesday, July 22nd:

Red Kneed Tarantula, America Pavilion, Meet the Red Kneed Tarantula Expet, 11:00am and 2:00pm  

Wednesday, July 23rd:

Northern Bald Eagle, Front Entrance Courtyard, Casual Encounter, 1:00pm 


Media who wish to attend any of the scheduled special feedings or keeper talks please meet Public Relations and Events staff at Guest Services, located at the Zoo's Front Entrance 20 minutes prior.


Did you know . . . A bat detector tuned to 40kHz can identify bat calls from five Ontario bat species.



Voted Best Day-Camp in Toronto Area (Toronto4Kids)

 Camp sessions weekly from June 30th to August 30th

Each week-long session runs Monday-Friday from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm


This summer is the perfect time to connect with nature at Zoo Camp, a unique opportunity to explore wildlife from around the world! A variety of themes are offered unique to the zoo setting, including baby animals, careers with wildlife, and more!

 Zoo Camp is a wild week-long animal adventure where you will see and learn about hundreds of amazing animals and make lasting friendships with fellow animal lovers. Plus, meet our keepers and the staff that care for our animals and enjoy exclusive opportunities to go behind-the-scenes to have close encounters with the animals yourselves! 

Until Friday, August 29, 2014

Join us as the grizzlies, African penguins, polar bears and Sumatran tigers receive a special frozen treat every Friday this summer. Keepers will be on hand to meet with our visitors and answer questions about the importance of these four animals, how the zoo is helping to save and protect them and why the Toronto Zoo offers our animals frozen treats as part of our Enrichment Program. Each session is approximately 20 minutes in length and free with admission. So far the animals are visitors are loving it!

Grizzlies - Canadian Domain 1:00pm to 1:20pm
African penguins - African Savanna 12:30pm to 12:50pm
Polar bears - Tundra Trek 3:00pm to 3:20pm
Sumatran tigers - Indo-Malaya 2:30pm to 2:50pm


Monday, July 21 to Friday, July 25, 2014

Discovery Zone Courtyard, 10:00am to 4:00pm

The event will offer rare insight to the unique roles the Zoo Keeper plays within your zoo. Come on out and catch a Meet-the-Keeper Talk, join us at our educational booth in the Discovery Zone to see the tools of the trade, learn about keeper conservation initiatives and participate in children's activities.

Join us in the Waterside Theatre, daily, at 12:00 noon where you will be able to participate in a special game that mimics Zoo Keeper work. Then watch as Zoo staff compete through demonstrations and in challenges to show you what it really takes to be a keeper. Show our Zoo Keepers how much you appreciate and support them by bringing a special card to say thank you for everything they do! When you bring in a card your name will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a family pack of four passes to the Zoo!

PLUS, join us in the Discovery Zone Courtyard for Special Animal Visitors at 11:00am and 2:00pm, daily.

Saturday, July 26 & Sunday, July 27, 2014
11:00am to 4:00pm
Indo-Malaya Boardwalk

Join us at the Sumatran Tiger Exhibit for tiger enrichment interpretive stations, artifacts and colouring sheets. Did you know that tigers are declared a critically endangered species and that the Amur, Sumatran and Malayan tiger population are fewer than 500 in the wild? The tiger populations are threatened by habitat loss and degradation, poaching, tiger-human conflict, loss of prey and other factors. Find out how you can commit to conservation efforts to help this extremely endangered species at home and abroad.

PLUS enjoy a special meet-the-keeper talk at 1:30pm and a special training demonstration at 2:30pm at the Sumatran Tiger Exhibit.

Saturday, August 23 & Sunday, August 24, 2014
Conservation Connection Centre, 11:00am to 4:00pm

Did you know? The Toronto Zoo isn't just the only Zoo in Canada to have Giant pandas but we also have Sumatran orangutans! Check out our special orangutan enrichment interpretive station, artifacts, and artwork painted by one of our talented orangutans. Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered with the wild population experiencing habitat loss of 80% half of that in the last 20 years caused by palm oil cultivation, logging and mining. Join us in the Indo-Malaya Pavilion for a special Orangutan Keeper Talk at 1:00 pm daily and find out how YOU can commit to conservation efforts to help the extremely endangered Sumatran orangutans at home and abroad

*Please note all events subject to change without notice.

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Current Zoo Hours: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, DAILY.
Member Exclusive Early Giant Panda Viewing: 8:00am - 9:00am daily, Member (Seasonal).
Last admission's one hour before closing.
The Toronto Zoo is open year round (except Dec. 25th).

General Admission (13-64): $28
Seniors (65+): $23
Children (3-12): $18
Children (2 and under): FREE

Members: FREE
Prices include tax as applicable
Parking is $10 year round

For more information, contact Lesley Dean at (416) 392-5939.

Events and admission prices subject to change without notice.
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