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March Break at the Zoo!


00am to 2:00pm special daily activities and extended operating hours

Get outside and enjoy the warmer weather!

Join us this March Break for animal adventures all week long!

Visit 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!

Build Animal Enrichment

10:00am to 2:00pm, Education Auditorium

Help us build animal enrichment items, big and small, for our Zoo animals!


to view our Animal Enrichment Extravaganza Schedule.

If you would like to cover March Break please contact

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

What Is Animal Enrichment?

Enrichment is a husbandry practice that enhances the animal's environments that will stimulate their natural behaviours. The Wildlife Care Department at the Toronto Zoo is continuously working to provide animals with choice and control over their environments. This is achieved by introducing various enrichment options on a daily basis. The enrichment program is constantly developing new techniques to introduce to animals, giving them a wide variety of activities.  

Have you ever thought "there is garbage in the exhibit" or "there is something in the tree"? These are common misconceptions made by the public regarding enrichment. The Toronto Zoo keepers reuse and recycle products to responsibly enrich the lives of the animals.

Photo Credit: Toronto Zoo


March Animal Enrichment Extravaganza

It's not every day you have lunch plans with the largest living lizards in the world.

During March Enrichment Extravaganza watch as our Komodo dragons "hunt" for their lunch the way they would in the wild! Stop by our Australasia Pavilion at 1:30pm every Saturday in March for this special enrichment feeding.


Toronto Zoo Staff Help Judge Student Habitat Design Projects

The Toronto Zoo is pleased to help judge the culminating habitat design projects on Thursday, March 12th, that have been created by grade seven and eight students from Horizon Alternative School as a follow up to their habitat design unit and visit to the Toronto Zoo. While at the Zoo, students attended a presentation on habitat design provided by Leona Mitchell, Toronto Zoo Project Manager, and were able to see what it was like “Behind the Scenes” at some of the animal exhibits. Students then spent time observing a specific animal they wanted to design a habitat for in order to better understand the basic needs required and other information that should be considered when designing a living space.

Toronto Zoo has participated in this event for the past four years and looks forward to supporting the program and judging the amazing projects created by the students for many more years to come.

Upcoming Events:



Gorilla Awareness Day

Saturday, April 11, 2015

10:00am to 3:00pm, African Rainforest Pavilion, Gorilla Exhibit

Join us on Gorilla Awareness Day and enjoy gorilla focused children's activities and colouring sheets. Check out gorilla artifacts like skulls, teeth and enrichment items used by our very own gorilla troop. Did you know that gorillas are declared a critically endangered species? This is due to poaching and disease and, the Western lowland gorilla’s numbers have declined by more than 60% over the last 20 to 25 years. Bid on fun prizes in a silent auction and purchase special gorilla merchandise. All proceeds support the Ape Action Africa project, an organization committed to the conservation of wild gorillas and their habitats.

Also, drop off your old cell phone for recycling and learn more about our PhoneApes Program and how you can commit to conservation efforts to help this extremely endangered species. 

Join us for a special Meet-The-Keeper Talk at 2:30pm to learn more about these incredible apes and our amazing gorilla troop, including our one year old Nneka!

Earth Day Massasauga Rattlesnake Workshop

Saturday, April 25, 2015

10:00am to 2:30pm

Training Room, 361A Old Finch Ave, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7

Each year, the Toronto Zoo hosts rattlesnake workshops for the people who share habitat with rattlesnakes near their homes and cottages, and where they work and play. After a presentation, discussions about the natural history of rattlesnakes will be followed by ample opportunity to ask questions. Learn how to identify the Massasauga Rattlesnake and after lunch meet a live rattlesnake. Space is limited. We suggest you bring a lunch or eat at Zoo restaurants. Please note that the program length may be too long for children under eight years of age. For a $5 donation you will receive snacks, educational fun, resources to take home and time to visit our interactive Massasauga Rattlesnake area on the Zoo site.

To register or for more information please call 416-392-5968 or email


Space is limited.



*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 $12 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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