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For The Love Of Family

Saturday, February 14 to Monday, February 16, 2015




download and print your "For The Love Of Family" coupon*

Looking for some family adventure this

Family Day Weekend?

Why not head over to the Toronto Zoo and visit with some of our family including polar bear siblings Aurora and Nikita, western lowland gorilla Dad Charles and his newest addition Nneka, Mstari and her mom Twiga in the new indoor giraffe viewing house and more! Family fun activities, including special valentine crafts on the Saturday, will take place from 10am to 3pm in the Conservation Connection Centre (CCC). The winter is a beautiful time to visit the Toronto Zoo with its scenic walking trails, indoor pavilions, keeper talks, animal encounters and over 5,000 animals that amaze and delight.

Good Bye Toronto. Hello Winnipeg!

 Make sure to stop by the polar bear exhibit to say bon voyage to Humphrey, our one year old polar bear. You can drop off a card or sign his good bye poster at his exhibit this weekend from 10am to 2pm daily. Guests can also head over to the CCC February 14th-16th 10am to 3pm to make a special card for him as well.

*Valid one per child with the purchase of one adult admission. Please note that coupon MUST be presented at the time of admission and valid February 14-16, 2015 only. Mobile presentation not accepted.

*Subject to change without notice


The Toronto Zoo Is Now Home To The Only False Gharial In Canada!

Exciting news! The Toronto Zoo is now home to a young false gharial. This young male, named "Fernando", is the only false gharial in Canada and one of only 23 in all of North America. He is six years old and when full grown could grow to be five metres long.

False gharials are endangered and found in parts of Indonesia and Malaysia where they live in fresh water lakes, rivers and swamps. There may be as few as 3,000 adults left in the wild. Toronto Zoo provides support for false gharial conservation in Danau Sentarum National Park in West Kalimantan Indonesia through our Endangered Species Fund.

Visit "Fernando" this weekend in the Malayan Painted Turtle Exhibit in our Indo-Malaya pavilion!

February Animal Enrichment Extravaganza

Can you imagine a world with no males?

Desert Grassland Whiptail lizards reproduce by parthenogenesis, which means the entire species contain only females that are all clones of their mothers. This allows for more time and energy to be spent looking for food and shelter without having to worry about finding and selecting a mate.

Come out to the Americas Pavilion every Saturday in February at 1:30 pm to watch our Whiptails enjoy some delicious bugs and learn more about this cool all female species!

Upcoming Events:



So You Think You Can Romance

Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14, 2015  

6:15pm - 9:00pm

Join us for a delicious evening of food and fun as we learn the fine art of romance as observed in the animal kingdom. Together we will discover the elaborate, awkward, and sometimes hilarious lengths to which animals will go to attract a mate.


Our Valentine's Program includes a romantically inspired dinner, special animal encounter, an interactive group presentation and a glimpse of our future Reproductive Labs led by our Reproductive Specialist Team.


to register. Some tickets still available.


Toronto Zoo 2015 Orchid Festival

Daily from Saturday, February 14 to Sunday March 22, 2015

Malayan Woods Pavilion

It may still be winter but the Toronto Zoo is celebrating spring! Our Horticulture Team has added some spring magic in our Malayan Woods pavilion with our 2015 Orchid Festival. With over 90 Asian, and American orchids, plus the clouded leopard, red-tailed green ratsnake and exotic birds, the Malayan Woods Pavilion is the perfect place to escape. Every day as of Saturday, February 14th through to Sunday, March 22, 2015 you can view the Zoo’s beautiful orchids. Free with Zoo admission. Don't forget your camera!


Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year - Year of the Sheep

February 19, 2015

The Toronto Zoo wishes everyone a very happy Year of the Sheep! To learn more about sheep, goats and rams and how some of these species are at risk around the world, due to over hunting and habitat loss, come and visit them at the Toronto Zoo. Species you will see include the Himalayan Tahr and Mouflon as well as others in the bovid family such as the West Caucasian Tur and Chamois, all in our NEW Eurasia Wilds area. While here don't forget to drop by and wish Canada's only giant pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao, a Happy New Year at the Giant Panda Experience.


"Bundle Up" Challenge

Saturday, February 21 to Friday, February 27, 2015

The Toronto Zoo is celebrating International Polar Bear Day by inviting you to “Bundle Up For Polar Bears!” Bundle up in your warmest sweater, socks, and toque for the week and take part in the Thermostat Challenge by turning down your thermostat by two degrees between Saturday, February 21 and Friday, February 27, 2015. The challenge aims to reduce our CO2 emissions and raise awareness about how our daily actions are contributing to climate change and impacting polar bears through the melting of the Arctic sea ice. Together, we can make a difference! To register yourself, family, school, or business for the Thermostat Challenge,

click here.

2nd Annual Move Your Paws For the Polar Bear Cause

 1K & 5K Walk/Run - NEW 5K Route!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Support of our polar bear family and j

oin the cause and move YOUR paws to help one of the world's most vulnerable species!

Open to all runners, walkers and fitness folk of all ages and abilities. Bundle up and bring the whole family for a day of outdoor fun, fitness and fundraising. All proceeds raised from the event go towards Polar Bear Conservation! Support the Toronto Zoo and polar bears and invite your friends, family and colleagues to pledge a participant. For online entry, pledge forms and further information go to


Please note registration includes admission for the day, non-transferable. Parking is $10.


Polar Bear Fest

Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1, 2015
11:00 am to 3:00 pm daily
Tundra Trek, Panda Interpretive Centre, and Education Centre

Show your love for polar bears and join us at our very ‘cool’ Polar Bear Festival, an annual event celebrating International Polar Bear Day. Over the two days, polar bears will be taking over the Panda Interpretive Centre and visitors will be able to take part in fun and educational activities that help to educate, raise awareness, and support this threatened Canadian species.
POLAR BEAR FEST fun includes ‘Meet the Polar Bear Keeper’ talks with ice treats, polar bear themed children’s activities and crafts (indoors!), a special presentation by Brandon Laforest, who researches polar bears in the wild (Feb. 28), silent auction with a chance to win a Keeper-for-a-Day experience or Behind-the-Scenes Tour, and much more! Event is free with Zoo admission.
To learn more about polar bears,


or visit

Polar Bears International



*Subject to change without notice


Celebrating 40 Years Of Saving And Protecting Species. 




9:30am to 4:30pm
Last admission's one hour before closing.
The Toronto Zoo is open year round

(except Dec. 25th).



General Admission (13-64): $23
Seniors (65+): $18
Children (3-12): $14
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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