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Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature - Thursday, 2014-08-06


Come Celebrate Er Shun's 7th "Bear-thday"

Sunday, August 10, 2014

11:00am to 3:00pm, Wildlife Marquee

Er Shun, Canada's only female giant panda, is turning seven years old and we want you to help us celebrate! Join us for panda birthday activities in the Wildlife Marquee located in the Discovery Zone. The birthday fun takes place from 11am to 3pm and is FREE with admission. Anyone who shares Er Shun's August 10th birthday will receive complimentary admission* that day.

Come out and wish Er Shun a happy "bear-thday" by joining us in a special arts and crafts painting session (non-toxic) that will be placed in Er Shuns exhibit for enrichment training or simply drop off a birthday card for our furry, bamboo loving friend. Visitors can also participate in panda interpretive stations where there will be fun, interactive and educational activities. Stop by our gift shops to purchase Er Shun plush for 40% off! Our panda mascots will also be on hand for a fun birthday themed photo op so bring your camera!

*Must present proof of date of birth to receive complimentary admission. No cash value.
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, August 6th

: Bactrian Camel - Casual Encounters with Bactrian Camels in Front of the Camel Rides at 12:00pm

Thursday, August 7th:

Massasauga Rattlesnake, Americas Pavilion Meet the Massasauga Rattlesnake Expert at 11:00am and 2:00pm.

Friday, August 8th:

Canadian Domain, Keeper Talk and Frozen Friday Feeding at1:00pm.

Saturday, August 9th:

Masai Giraffes, African Savanna Keeper Talk at 2:00pm.

Sunday, August 10th:

Giant Pandas, Giant Panda Experience Located in the Discovery Zone
Meet the Keeper and Animal Enrichment at 12:30pm

Monday, August 11th:

Frogs and Toads, Americas Wet Lands. Visit our Educational station in America's Wet Lands to learn more about frogs and toads!

Tuesday, August 12th:

  Two-Toed Sloth, Americas Pavilion Casual Encounter with Two-Toed Sloth Outside the Americas Pavilion 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.....The black-footed penguin incubates its eggs for



ONLY 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


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Waterside Theatre, 10:30am

Join us in the Waterside Theatre for the Cabbagetown Youth Centre's Performing Arts Camp Showcase. This years showcase is a musical journey to follow your dreams and find the confidence within to pursue success. This performance will highlight some of the numbers that will be in the summer showcase entitled ‘SPOTLIGHT! - A Musical Journey of Courage & Personal Discovery’ that takes place on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Rosedale Heights School of Arts.

The Cabbagetown Youth Centre's Performing Arts Camp is located in downtown Toronto and services youth from the diverse surrounding neighbourhoods. The camp is open to all youth and is free of charge.  It provides youth with opportunities to explore different kinds of dance, art, drama and singing while teaching the importance of commitment and collaboration.




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 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.

Saturday, August 30
Discovery Zone Courtyard & African Savanna 11:00am to 4:00pm

Did you know turkey vultures find their food using their sense of smell? Did you know that vultures poop on their legs to cool themselves? Did you know that vultures can soar for six hours without flapping their wings? Want to learn more cool facts? Come to the zoo on August 30th for the Fourth Annual International Vulture Awareness Day and see firsthand how the Toronto Zoo is helping vultures in the wild. PLUS compare your arm span to the wing span of a vultures and be sure to bring a camera so you can show the difference to your family and friends! Remember, bald is beautiful!

Monday, September 8, 2014
9:30am to 4:30pm

The Toronto Zoo loves Seniors, so on September 8th Seniors, 65+, will receive 50% off admission (NEW) and one Zoomobile ride all day pass, 10% off at the our Zootique and Panda Shops and 50% off Toronto Zoo a One Year Senior Membership*. SAVE NOW and apply today's gate admission towards a NEW one-year Senior membership! Seniors can purchase, at Peacock CafĂ©, a sandwich and a small coffee or tea for only $3.99 plus tax! While here don't forget to visit our Panda Interpretive Centre as well as Er Shun and Da Mao our two adorable giant panda pair! Please note that the first Zoomobile departs from the main front entrance station at 9:45am and the last Zoomobile of the day departs at 4:00pm. Event subject to change without notice.

*Discount applies to the ONE-YEAR senior membership categories (Senior & Senior Couple) memberships only, valid for in-person/on-site sale only AND valid only on Senior's Day, Monday, September 8, 2014. No rain checks, not valid for TWO-YEAR memberships, discount not applicable on annual parking. 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.
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