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Become a Toronto Zoo Volunteer Year-Round

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 



'*Please note that all applications must be submitted before the recruitment closes on

Friday, September 19, 2014.  

Treehouse Big Day Out is an exciting festival experience for kids and families. Hosted by Treehouse, Canada's #1 preschool channel, the festival will feature the hottest names in preschool entertainment including the "world's biggest preschool rock band", The Wiggles, and Treehouse fan-favourites, Max & Ruby!

 Don’t miss the chance for your kids to meet their favourite Treehouse characters and enjoy tons of activities such as a Legoland building station, visits from live animals from the Toronto Zoo, FREE haircuts and styling from Melonhead, play areas and much more, the whole family is sure to have a blast!

 Want to buy tickets or get more information about the event? Visit

for all the details on activities and schedules.



Photo Credit: Lydia Dotto

The Toronto Zoo proudly announces it has been part of a successful collaborative effort, in conjunction with Wildlife Preservation Canada, Environment Canada, and other partner facilities, to breed and release loggerhead shrikes back into the wild in Southern Ontario.   


Loggerhead shrikes are a grassland bird; consequently this species thrived even in periods of  early settlement  in Ontario because native grasslands were still more abundant.  As viable habitat in the province shrunk, so did the population, and by 1997, the population of shrikes dropped to a low of only 18 pairs.


The Toronto Zoo became involved in a recovery program for this species around that time, along with several other participants. Since then, the Toronto Zoo has bred loggerhead shrikes for a release program. This year has been a terrific year for the program, with 100 young produced this year, of which 90  have been released in the province. More than 20 of these birds were produced at the Toronto Zoo alone.


Shrikes are songbirds, however their feeding habits are more raptorial, often feeding on small rodents and snakes. Most shrikes live in Africa and Eurasia, though two species can be found in North America; both occur in Ontario. The northern shrike breeds up near the tundra and is a regular winter visitor to southern Ontario. The loggerhead shrike however actually breeds in Ontario, but the population has been dwindling for years, leaving the eastern subspecies in peril.


The loggerhead shrike is an excellent ambassador for a habitat which is desperate need of protection (i.e. grasslands). By protecting their habitat, we also secure a future for other at risk inhabitants, such as the eastern meadowlark, upland sandpiper, and grasshopper sparrow . It is hoped that through the continued protection of valuable habitat, coupled with augmentation of the wild population through captive breeding, that the loggerhead shrike will regain a thriving population in the province for nature lovers to be able to enjoy for years to come.


Sunday, October 5th

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure launches new run site at the Toronto Zoo! The first-ever Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure at the Toronto Zoo promises to be an exciting, powerful and unforgettable experience for everybody involved. Runners and walkers can make a wild day of it with over 5,000 animals, the only giant pandas in Canada, lots of zoo babies and more! So, grab your runners and strollers and don't forget to sport your finest flamingo pink attire!

Register today@

 and receive 40% off admission for October 5th.

Enrichment Extravaganza 

September is Hyena Enrichment Extravaganza month!

Every Saturday at 2:00 pm in the African Savanna, come meet our Spotted Hyenas Pinduli, Moja, and Echo! Watch these amazing dog-like carnivores interact with their keepers and enjoy some laughs over

a few tasty treats!


Saturday, September 27, 2014
Red Panda Exhibit, Eurasia
11:00am to 4:00pm

Did you know the red panda is the original panda and was discovered almost 50 years before the giant panda? Learn all about these amazing and endangered creatures and meet our red pandas! Don't miss a special meet-the-keeper talk plus enrichment feeding at 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm and bid on fun prizes in a panda-themed silent auction. All proceeds support the Red Panda Network, an organization committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat.

E-waste Collection Event In Support of Toronto Zoo PhoneApes Program

Saturday, September 27, 2014
9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Bring your e-waste to the Toronto Zoo on September 27th and help support great ape conservation. This event, in support of PhoneApes and National Forestry Week, helps to promote the importance of protecting and replanting forests for ecosystem protection, wildlife conservation and climate change. In particular this event directly correlates to the message of protecting the forest habitat of great apes in our PhoneApes program. September is also a good time of year for e-waste collection as new students return to school many old e-waste products are being discarded.

The Toronto Zoo will be accepting Monitors, TVs, Computers, Notebooks, Servers, Wire, Aluminum, Keyboards, Mice, Electronic Scrap, Small Appliances, Laptops, Tablets and, of course, Cellphones! The collection truck will be located on the side walk near the drop-off-loop at the zoo's front entrance. All participants that drop of an e-waste item will receive a coupon for 25% off at the Zoo's gift shops.

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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.

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