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2014 Weekly Media Send Outs

Only Two More Days!


Join Us As The Toronto Zoo Celebrates 40 Years of
Saving And Protecting Species!

Friday, August 15, 2014 to Sunday, August 17, 2014
10:00am to 3:00pm

The Toronto Zoo is celebrating 40 fabulous years on Friday, August 15th!  Join the festive fun from August 15th to 17th with special animal encounters, character meet and greets, Dominque the Roaming Busker, free face painting, Keeper Talks, photo opportunities, live music, giant panda mascots, cupcakes, activity stations and more! All in honour of the Toronto Zoo’s 40 years of saving and protecting species at home and abroad and all FREE with Zoo admission.


Toronto Zoo’s 14 daily Keeper Talks. Free with admission.

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for times and locations.


On Sunday, August 17th special guests, My Little Pony, will be at the Zoo’s Courtyard Stage for meet and greets from 10am to 3pm. Kids can also drop by the Play-doh Activity Tent next to Courtyard Stage to create their very own Zoo animal creation.  


Why not visit with some of our animals who have been with us since opening day August 15, 1974? 

  • Monty the West African dwarf croc located in the African Rainforest Pavilion - Age: 44
  • Percy the Royal python located in the African Rainforest Pavilion - Age: Unknown
  • Puppe the Orangutan located in Indo-Malaya Pavilion - Age: 47
  • Josephine the Western Lowland Gorilla in the African Rainforest Pavilion - Age: 43
  • Charles the Western Lowland Gorilla in the African Rainforest Pavilion - Age: 42


  • Free face painting from 11am to 3pm.
  • Birthday Card colouring in front of the Panda Interpretive Centre located in the Discovery Zone

Metro GrocersTM Bowmanville will be providing nut free cupcakes (while quantities last) to visitors upon exit from 3pm to 5pm



Thursday, August 14th

: Tree Kangaroo, Australasia Pavilion, Q & A with Keeper at 12:00pm.


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.

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


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.

Friday, August 22 & Saturday, August 23, 2014
Various locations, 9 AM - 7 PM

The heroes of CHIMA have been frozen in ice and need to be rescued by YOU. Visit the Toronto Zoo on August 22nd and 23rd to take part in the LEGO CHIMA Fire Chi Challenge! Download the power of Fire CHI to your phone and join the hunt to save Laval, Eris and Cragger from their icy tombs. Learn more about the new CHIMA adventures coming this September. Get a head start on the competition and go to

for more information on how to download the LEGO Fire CHI Challenge app before your trip to the zoo.

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


Premier Salon's Cut. Style. Save For The Toronto Zoo

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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