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2015 Weekly Media Send Outs



The Toronto Zoo wishes everyone a very happy Chinese New Year - 

 Year of the Sheep!

Attention Media:

Join us at 11:30 am tomorrow, Thursday, 2015-02-19 for a special Chinese New Year
themed panda feeding.

Media are asked to arrive and park at the Zoo's Front Entrance and then proceed to Guest Services no later than 11:10 am. Please Note: Media will have to walk to the location and the event will be in an outdoor location please plan accordingly. This special themed feeding for the giant pandas will only be happening between 11:30 am to 12:00 noon.

Media wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to
Cynthia Shipley, Manager of Public Relations and Events at (416) 392-5938 or



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


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.

Did you know that those born under the sign of the sheep are wise, kind-hearted and compassionate but not in the slightest sheepish (sorry we couldn't resist). Sheep can demonstrate bold behavior when defending their territory or young, and have been known to use their horns as a primary mode of defense. Very cool!

*Subject to change without notice


We Heart Polar Bears!


The Toronto Zoo is involved in many collaborative research projects working closely with other Zoological and conservation institutions. The knowledge gained from our efforts with captive polar bears provides some of the necessary foundation for learning more about polar bears and gives field researchers the tools to assist them in creating conservation plans to help save this species in the wild. February is Polar Bear Month at the Toronto Zoo where we have various events that help support the plight of this threatened species.

Starting on February 1st we launched a challenge to the public called,

Bundle Up For Polar Bears

, to turn down their thermostats in their homes by two degrees and bundle up in their warmest clothing until February 27th. This 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.

The Toronto Zoo is also hosting

Polar Bear Fest

taking place on February 28 to March 1, 2015. This exciting weekend is opened to guests that want show their love for polar bears in celebration of International Polar Bear Day. Visitors will be able to take part in fun and educational activities that help to educate, raise awareness, and support this threatened Canadian species.

Get outside and get moving! The Toronto Zoo is hosting the

2nd Annual Move Your Paws for the Polar Bear Cause 1K & 5K Walk/Run

, presented by Toronto Zoo and Canada Running Series on Saturday February 28, 2015. This event is open to all runners, walkers, animal lovers and fitness folk of all ages and abilities. All proceeds raised from the run will support the Toronto Zoo’s conservation, education and research activities with polar bears! The goal is to increase the population of this national threatened species as well as inspire people to live in ways that promote the well-being of the natural world. Conservation will focus on captive breeding and rearing of orphans while research will concentrate on a Polar bear Nutrition Study. Support the Toronto Zoo and polar bears and invite your friends, family and colleagues to pledge a participant.

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:



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!


"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



March Break at the Zoo!
March 14 to 22, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:00pm, daily

Join us this March Break for animal adventures all week long! Escape the winter cold in our six indoor tropical pavilions featuring animals from around the world. Plus, learn more about how we use enrichment to engage our animals each day at the Zoo at our Enrichment Extravaganza. Visitors will enjoy animal enrichment demonstrations, special Keeper Talks, animal encounters and more!

March 14 to 22, 2015 from

9:00am to 3:30pm, daily

Take a break from the school year and hang out at the Zoo for the week. Come visit with the 5000 animals and find out what they are up to during the winter months. What happens with the animals when the snow falls and the temperature drops? March Break at the Zoo aims to deliver an action filled week exploring the entire Zoo including some areas of the Zoo not open to the general public. During the week, your child will receive a full week of guided activities and learning experiences, at least one unique behind-the-scenes tour and or/special animal encounter, daily allergen aware snacks, and pizza lunch on one day during the week.

*Subject to change without notice


Celebrating 40 Years Of Saving And Protecting Species. 




Current Zoo Hours: 9:30am to 4:30pm
March Break Zoo Hours: 9:30am to 6:00pm
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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