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Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature - Thursday, 2014-07-30


The Toronto Zoo is OPEN all August Long Weekend!

Grab your troop and head to the wildest summer adventure in Toronto! Drop by and see our two adorable giant pandas-Er Shun and Da Mao, the only pair of giant pandas in Canada! Enjoy some close up and personal encounters in the

Kids Zoo

, be sure to take in our daily

Animal Shows


Keeper Talks

and so much more this long weekend! If the summer heat is too "un-bearable" why not visit our

splash island

! Best of all, they are all


with Zoo admission!
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.

Wednesday, July 30th:

  Northern Bald Eagle, Front Entrance of the Toronto Zoo and Canadian Domain. Casual Encounter with the Northern Bald Eagle in the Zoo's Front Entrance Courtyard at 1:00pm

Thursday, July 31st: 

Great Hornbill, Indo-Malaya Pavilion, Casual Encounter with Great Hornbill at 12:00pm

Friday, August 1st:

Butterflies, Malayan Woods Pavilion Visit our Educational station to learn more about butterflies! International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Status: Some species of butterfly are highly endangered (e.g. Karner blue butterfly) and others are very common.

Saturday, August 2nd:

Siamese Catfish, Indo-Malaya Pavilion Meet the Keeper and Training Demonstration with Siamese catfish at 12:00 pm

Sunday, August 3rd:

Great Barrier Reef Australasia Pavilion Fish Feeding at 1:00pm

Monday, August 4th:

Ngege Fish and African Ciclids, Ngege Fish African Rainforest Pavilion
Located in the moat of the dwarf crocodile exhibit Fish Feeding at 11:45pm AND Lake Malawi Cichlids African Rainforest Pavilion Located in the Lake Malawi fish tank Fish Feeding at 12:30pm.

Tuesday, August 5th:

  Great Pacific Octopus, Americas Pavilion Animal Enrichment at 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.....In the last

40 years,

spotted turtle numbers in sourthern Ontario have diminished greatly and have disappeared from many sites.

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Toronto Zoo Volunteer Recruitment is NOW Open!

Recently retired?  Empty nest syndrome?  Kids in school?  The Zoo Needs YOU!  Join the Toronto Zoo's diverse team of active and outgoing adult Volunteers.  We are now recruiting for the Year-Round Volunteer program and the winter Giant Panda Ambassador Interpretive Volunteer Program. 

For more details and an application form 


 Or join us for an information evening on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.  The session starts at 6:30 pm. 

Please RSVP by e-mailing

to reserve your seat.


'*Please note that all applications must be submitted before the recruitment closes on Friday, September 19, 2014.  

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


Only until Saturday, August 30, 2014

10:00am to 5:00pm, daily

This summer the Toronto Zoo and Parks Canada are working together to protect wildlife and have joined forces to help educate our visitors on Canadian wilderness, heritage, biodiversity and culture. Until Saturday, August 30th, Parks Canada staff will be on site in various locations throughout the Zoo site engaging visitors within the natural environment of Canada's premier zoo.

The following outlines the different programs that Parks Canada Staff will be delivering this summer for Toronto Zoo visitors. Please note these programs are subject to change without notice, weather dependent and are included with zoo admission.

Saturday, August 2 to Monday, August 4, 2014
10:00am to 4:00pm

More than just a Zoo, an aquarium too! Come celebrate our 40 years! A special weekend showcasing our wonderful fishes around the Zoo and our conservation efforts to help these creatures all around the world! Visit our three different stations across the Zoo site packed with exciting information and fun activities for all ages including displays on the Great Lakes, Freshwater Mussels, Africa fishes and how to live sustainable.

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

Sunday, August 24
Registration 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Event Activities run until 3:00 pm

Now in its fourth year, Walk for the Children is a great day for families to spend time together and help raise significant funds for children in need of life-saving surgeries. Participants enjoy a day at the Toronto Zoo, trekking along a scenic 5K route. Stations are set up along the way where children can have their "explorer passport" stamped adding to the sense of adventure. The walk concludes at the Savanna picnic site with a BBQ lunch and children's entertainment, games and activities. All proceeds from this event go to the Herbie Fund. The Herbie Fund's mission is to bring children from around the world to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) for life-saving or life-altering surgeries - surgeries that are not available to them in their home countries because of high costs and lack of medical expertise. Since its inception in 1979, Herbie Fund has changed the lives of more than 700 children from over 100 countries around the world. To register and begin fundraising, or for more information, visit


Sunday, August 24

Helping to save and protect species is always in style! Come on out to Premier Hair Salon's Bay Scarborough Town Centre location, on Sunday August 24, 2014 from 11 am to 5 pm, and get a fabulous cut and style. Men are only $20 and Woman $30! All proceeds will go to help the Toronto Zoo purchase a new Microscope for Reproductive Physiology to help us save and protect species for generations to come!

For more information and to purchase your cut and style in advance,

click here

. Space is limited so book early! Once you have your ticket, please call Premier Hair Salon to book your time. 416-296-8994. Event subject to change without notice.

*Please note all events subject to change without notice.

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Celebrating 40 Years Of Saving And Protecting Species. 



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.
For general information visit


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