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The Toronto Zoo Is Celebrating APE-ril!

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.

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 female gorilla Nneka!


How does cell phone recycling help conserve gorillas and their habitats?

Coltan is a metallic ore used to produce the element tantalum. Tantalum capacitors are used in almost all cell phones, laptops, pagers and other electronic devices. Coltan is most concentrated, and therefore most easily mined, in the rainforests of the former Republic of the Congo. Unfortunately, the endangered lowland gorilla also calls this spot home. By recycling old cell phones, tantalum can be re-used; lessening the demand to mine pure coltan in the Congo.

Phone Apes is the only cell phone recycling program that directly benefits gorillas with 100% of the funds raised being directed to Conservation efforts in Africa for gorillas through the Toronto Zoo's Endangered Species Reserve Fund. Since 2006, the Toronto Zoo has collected more than 25,000 cell phones and donated over $23,000 towards field conservation efforts. 

Drop off your old cell phone for recycling during Gorilla Awareness Day and learn more about our Phone Apes Program and how you can commit to conservation efforts to help this extremely endangered species. 


to learn more about this important program!


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:



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 habitats 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.


Teachers' Day

Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, 2015

9:30am to 3:30pm

FREE admission for teachers and 1 guest

Discover how to take your students' learning to a new level within the natural setting of the Toronto Zoo! Visit our education booths in the main courtyard to learn more about Toronto Zoo field trips and school programs and the many teacher resources available.
This educator professional development event is open to:

  • Teachers in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers
  • Early Childhood Educators currently working in a full-day kindergarten classroom in a school setting
  • Graduating Teacher Candidates
*Pre-registration is mandatory for this event. Proof of position is required to redeem offer.

Please click here for more information.


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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