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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

Special Media Invitation:

Join us from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Thursday, 2015-04-02 to attend an exclusive sneak peak of the Toronto Zoo and partner, Parks Canada, Easter weekend celebration of Canadian species and wildlife!

Media are asked to arrive and park at the Zoo's Front Entrance and then proceed to Guest Services no later than 12:45pm. Please Note: Media will have to walk to the location and the event will be indoors please plan accordingly. This special sneak peak will only be taking place between 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Media wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to

Amanda Chambers, Supervisor of Public Relations and Events at (416) 392-5941 or



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

Children, 12 and under, will receive a special passport that will lead them on an educational and fun conservation exploration. Toronto Zoo visitors can participate in some exciting experiences at the Parks Canada Activity Centre in our Conservation Connection Centre:
  • Visitors can get their picture taken and be transported in a flash to iconic places such as Banff, Wood Buffalo, Point Pelee and Prince Edward Island national parks by using our interactive green screen.
  • This is the only tattoo you’ll feel proud to show your mom after you get it! Parks Canada designed. Toronto Zoo approved. Choose from a great selection of wildlife, marine and cultural themes from across Canada, and check out Parks Canada’s signature Toronto Zoo tattoos.
  • Parks Canada’s wildlife touch-tables showcase some of the ways Parks Canada protects wildlife and their habitats in our national parks. Are you brave enough to reach inside the secret box and discover how wood bison live? How about exploring life on the beach with piping plovers? Our interactive bird habitat display will get you in the mood for life on the beach. Grizzly bears are an iconic species in Banff National Park. Join us and test your knowledge on the survival skills of these magnificent creatures.
Also on hand for the weekend fun will be giant panda mascots, Er Shun and Da Mao, the Parks Canada beaver mascot, Parka, animal encounters and more!

Event free with admission.


During our APE-ril Enrichment Extravaganza visit the Sumatran orangutans and Western lowland gorillas at 1:30pm every Saturday in April for a 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. 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.
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