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2015 Weekly Media Send Outs

Hop Into Spring With The Toronto Zoo And Parks Canada

Good Friday, April 3 to Monday, April 6, 2015 
9:30am to 4:30pm

It’s time to get “Springy” with it and get outside to enjoy the warmer weather!

 Join the Toronto Zoo and partner, Parks Canada, as we celebrate Canadian species and wildlife. Children, 12 and under, will receive a special passport that will lead them on an educational and fun conservation exploration. Guests can also drop by our Conservation Connection Centre to get an airbrush temporary animal tattoo, participate in activities and have their picture taken at the
Parks Canada Photo Station.
Also on hand for the weekend fun will be giant panda mascots and Parka, the Parks Canada beaver mascot, animal encounters and more!

Event free with admission.


On March 28, 2015 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm the Toronto Zoo will participate in the global movement Earth Hour by turning off all non-essential lights and equipment and we ask you to participate with us!

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30pm to 9:30pm on the last Saturday in March, as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. The Toronto Zoo is reducing our ecological footprint to create a better natural environment for wildlife in Canada and abroad. Earth Hour reminds us that human activities are contributing to climate change and it is up to us to make changes to help protect the planet. A healthy diverse wildlife population is dependent upon a healthy green earth.
Be a part of this global movement, turn off your lights and electronics!  


It Has Been TWO Years Since The Giant Panda's Arrival!

"Er Shun" and "Da Mao" arrived from China on March 25, 2013, and today marks their two year anniversary at the Toronto Zoo and in Canada! The giant panda's have already experienced many milestones and awards in their two year stay and we can't wait to see what this year brings for our favourite duo! 

Er Shun

Da Mao
  Visit "Er Shun" and "Da Mao" this weekend and wish them a Happy Anniversary!
For more information on our giant pandas please


To view some fun giant panda videos please




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.


to view our monthly enrichment calender.

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. 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. 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.


Earth Day Celebrations

Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, 2015

Caribou Café and Tundra Trek
10:00am to 4:00pm

A healthy, clean planet creates healthy animals, plants and people. Celebrate Earth Day at the Toronto Zoo and find out, through the eyes of the veterinarians and technicians at the Zoo, how they work towards a healthy wildlife population in Toronto. Through hands-on activities learn about the impact of climate change on the ability of wild animals and spaces to stay healthy. Learn how groups around Ontario are working together to ensure our environment is healthy in order to sustain life and how new technologies designed to reduce climate change is creating safer and healthier spaces for us.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Front Entrance

10:00am to 4:30pm

Rain barrels are a great way to reduce your water bill and help save the environment. Using a rain barrel to catch rainfall from your roof provides an inexpensive way to water your garden, reduce your water bill and return water to the ground instead of storm water systems. Pre-purchase a rain barrel for only $55 at

and help support species conservation programs. Limited quantities will be available for purchase at the Zoo entrance on the day of.

*Subject to change without notice




9:30am to 4:30pm (Weekdays)
9:30am to 6:00pm (Weekends/Holidays)
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.
For general information visit


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