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2015 Weekly Media Send Outs



Show your love for polar bears


Thursday, February 26, 2015, Toronto, Ontario:

Toronto Zoo is a leader in polar bear conservation and is a champion for Canada's threatened majestic species.

Toronto Zoo is involved in collaborative research projects with multiple accredited zoos and organizations to help better understand polar bear reproductive biology, nutrition and behaviour studies to provide valuable information to support polar bear education, research and conservation efforts both at the Zoo and in the wild. Some of these organizations include Polar Bears International (PBI), Parks Canada, the North American Polar Bear Species Survival Plan (SSP), and Acres for the Atmosphere.

In celebration of International Polar Bear Day, Friday, February 27th, Toronto Zoo is enjoying all things polar bear! Join us at our annual Polar Bear Festival, taking place Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1, 2015. Over the two days, polar bears will be taking over the Panda Interpretive Centre from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and visitors will be able to take part in 'cool' fun and educational activities that help to educate, raise awareness, and support this threatened Canadian species.

Polar Bear Fest will include ‘Meet the Polar Bear Keeper’ talks with ice treats, polar bear themed children’s activities and crafts (indoors!), a special presentation on Saturday, February 28, by Brandon Laforest, who researches polar bears in the wild, 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.

And that's not all! The Zoo is hosting the 2nd Annual Move Your Paws For The Polar Bear Cause 1K & 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, February 28th. Join 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.

Space is still available.

Polar bears are a threatened species and the Toronto Zoo’s breeding program works closely with other Zoological associations and conservation institutions. It is estimated that there are, approximately, 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears in the wild and around 60% of those living in Canada.

“The knowledge gained from our efforts with polar bears in our care provides the necessary foundation for understanding polar bears and their plight in the wild and gives field researchers the tools to assist them in creating conservation plans to help save this iconic species in the wild,” says Maria Franke, Curator of Mammals, Toronto Zoo. “By coming out to the Zoo and participating in events including Polar Bear Fest and Move Your Cause For the Polar Bear Cause 1K & 5K Walk/Run you are doing your part to support polar bear conservation."


to learn more about polar bears.


to register for 2nd Annual Move Your Paws For The Polar Bear Cause 1K & 5K Walk/Run.

Event beverages supplied by Coca-Cola and event snacks supplied by Taste of Nature.


to learn more about Polar Bear Fest.


to learn more about Polar Bears International.

The Toronto Zoo is Canada's premier zoo and a leader in animal preservation and environmental protection. More than a tourist attraction, the Toronto Zoo boasts a number of leading programs for helping wildlife and their natural habitats – from species reintroduction to reproductive research. A world-class educational centre for people of all ages, the Toronto Zoo is open every day except December 25 and attracts approximately 1.3 million visitors each year.


If you would like to come out to the Zoo to feature International Polar Bear Day on Friday, February 27th please contact

Cynthia Shipley, Manager of Public Relations and Events at (416) 392-5938 or


The Plastic Bag Polar Bear

Made from hundreds of recycled plastic bags, this polar bear serves as a reminder that our actions are impacting the environment. Plastics, including shopping bags, take more than 1,000 years to degrade and are filling the oceans where polar bears live.
You can help protect polar bears and other wildlife found in oceans and lakes by:
  • Reducing your use of plastic bags - Use a reusable bag instead!
  • Reusing plastic bags and containers
  • Recycling plastic where possible

Together, we can make a difference!

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!


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!


*Subject to change without notice



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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