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Celebrate Earth Day At The
Toronto Zoo This Weekend!

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.
The Toronto Zoo Veterinarians and technicians will be onsite to discuss how they work to help both the animals at the zoo and the wildlife of Toronto. The Wildlife Health Care ambulance will be available for guests to look through. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in an “Oil Spill Animal Clean Up” activity, demonstrating the efforts of volunteers and veterinarians after an oil spill. This activity demonstrates how quickly we have to work in order to save as many animals as possible!
Did you know the Toronto Zoo has been recycling items and composting organic materials at the Zoo for the past 40 years? In celebration of Earth Day, here are a few examples of how the Toronto Zoo is helping to protect our planet. In 1988 the Zoo created a set directive to divert waste from landfills, including items such as, plastics, light bulbs, batteries and skids. By 2007 the Zoo reduced its waste to landfill rate by 50%! The Toronto Zoo is also actively involved in numerous recycling programs such as TerraCycle, a program that recycles traditionally non-recyclable items such as printer cartridges and PhoneApes, a cell phone recycling program.
For more information on the Toronto Zoo's conservation programs and initiatives




Cute Alert!


Have you spotted our baby golden lion tamarins in the Americas Pavilion?

Born on March 6, 2015 to mom "Claire" and dad "Dolce", these two little orange babies camouflage quite well on mom and can be hard to spot! Keep your eyes peeled though, as both have begun venturing off and independently exploring the exhibit on their own.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) currently lists the golden lion tamarin as endangered. Tamarin populations have declined largely because of fragmentation, or total loss of habitat due to destruction of the rain forest for lumber, agriculture, pasturage, and settlement. They are still hunted and sold into the pet trade, even though such practices have been illegal for several decades.


to support this endangered species.

“Heart of the Family”

Adopt-an-Animal MOTHER’S DAY Gift Package

 Our $60 MOTHER’S DAY gift package features:

  • A lovely, limited edition, “Heart of the Family” pewter pin.
  • A coupon entering mom’s name into a draw for a chance to win a VIP Behind the Scenes tour for 4 people!
  • Mom’s name on our “Parents” Wall, with a heart beside her name.
  • A personalized “adoption certificate" featuring an animal of your choice.
  • PLUS, animal fact sheet, newsletter and a full charitable tax receipt for the buyer of the gift.


to purchase your package and for more information!  

Order early! “Heart of the Family” pins are limited and will be sold on a first come, first served basis!


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.


Rain Barrel Sales

Saturday, April 25 and 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.

Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, 2015

10:00am to 4:00pm, Americas Wetlands

Celebrate the arrival of spring by experiencing the sights and sounds of amorous male toads in search of that special someone! Our annual wetland festival is scheduled around the frenzied breeding ritual of American toads at our very own Americas Wetlands Outdoor Exhibit. Although the emergence and courtship of toads is the main event, there are heaps of other fun activities for children and adults alike, including: face painting, froggy games like “Fish for a Prize,” Toady the Mascot, lessons on tracking wildlife using radio-telemetry, and information on how to become a Frog Watcher or Turtle Detective. It’s "toad-ally" fun for the whole family! Visit

or call Julia at 416-392-5999 to find out more!

*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


Toronto Zoo is accredited by CAZA (Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums). Look for this logo whenever you visit a Canadian zoo as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. For more information, visit



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