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2015 Weekly Media Send Outs

Sunday, May 10, 2015

10:30am to 3:30pm

Join us as we celebrate Mother's Day. We are creating a special activity zone where children will be able to create something special just for Mom. Mom’s can take a break while kids enjoy the Play-Doh activity center and visit with My Little Pony and Doh-Doh. There will also be crafts, activities, appearances by our Giant Panda Mascot Er Shun and much more!
 Whether Dad wants to give Mom a break and bring the kids to the Zoo for fun or the whole family wants to enjoy, the Toronto Zoo is the place to be this Mother's Day!

Mother's Day Fun Fact - Did You Know?

 Mothers from the animal kingdom come in all shapes and sizes! Yabbies make great Moms! The common yabby (Cherax destructor) is an Australian freshwater crustacean in the Parastacidae family. It is listed as a vulnerable species of crayfish by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), current population should be reassessed; wild yabby populations remain strong, and have expanded into new habitats created by reservoirs and farm dams. Females carry their eggs underneath their tail on their pleopods (swimming legs), protecting them with their uropods (the end of their tails) and constantly aerate them by moving their pleopods. Then, when the babies hatch, they hang on until they are big enough to fend for themselves. This is pretty amazing! In the pictures, the orange dots are the yolk sacs of the babies seen through their exoskeletons and the black dots are their eyes. Yabbies carry around their babies around just like Ngozi our Western lowland gorilla carries, baby Nneka around and how your Mom carried you!

Visit the Zoo this Mother's Day and find out wonderful fun facts about all of our WILD Moms! Yabbies can be found in the Zoo's Australasia Pavilion.

“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.

Registration for the 2015 Guided Blitz and BioBlitz support is now open!  Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14, 2015

A BioBlitz brings together taxonomic experts, citizen scientists and the general public to inventory all species (plants, animals, fungi and more) in a particular area over a 24 hour period. Participants record all the organisms they find, and then experts, from the Toronto Zoo and other organizations, verify their identity. As the Blitz proceeds and after it is done, the species records are compiled into a single data set: the species list, which provides a snapshot of the biodiversity in that location on that particular date.

 A BioBlitz is a great way to become familiar with the nature in your own backyard. You will find that you don't have to travel to exotic locations to discover really cool organisms!

 There are three main components of the Ontario BioBlitz program: the intensive scientific survey, the Guided BioBlitz, and public programs. Each activity differs in the amount of prior knowledge and experience required, and in time commitment.


CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

Have you seen the new arrivals in the Australasia Pavilion's lionfish exhibit?

These young red lionfish have been on display for a few weeks, but they have been a bit shy, often hiding around the coral centrepiece in the tank. They have now settled in and can often be seen swimming around. These two are still young and need to grow into their long fins (which are tipped with venomous spikes).

Come check them out on your next visit!

During our Enrichment Extravaganza visit the Raccoon Exhibit in the Canadian Domain at 1:30pm every Saturday in May for a special enrichment feeding.


to view our monthly enrichment calender.

Upcoming Events


Saturday, May 9, 2015

This year's theme is "Restoring Habitat, Restore Birds". One and two hour guided bird watching tours of the Rouge Valley and around the Zoo site will be conducted on the hour from 8:00am to 3pm. Tours are only $10.00 per person, and are pre-registered. To pre-register for tours, or to obtain more information, contact Elaine Christens at 416-392-5960 or e-mail her at

Saturday, May 23 to Sunday, May 24, 2015

10:00am to 4:00pm, America's Wetlands, Indo-Malaya Pavilion and the Americas Pavilion

Turtles around the world are threatened with extinction, but they are also some of the most honoured and celebrated creatures on earth. Join the Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme to discover the diversity of stories and cultures associated with turtles; learn how conservationists are helping to save turtles globally and how you can protect these amazing animals here in Ontario.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Register now and help us raise vital funds to support Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s mission to find a cure or control for cystic fibrosis.

Raise Your Glass For Rhinos

Thursday, June 11, 2015

6:00pm to 10:00pm

Toronto Zoo, Atrium, 361A Old Finch Ave

Join us for a unique evening at the Toronto Zoo where you will raise your glass in support of the critically endangered rhino. Tickets to this special night will include a buffet dinner, wine tastings, complimentary glassware, a silent auction, a special Zoomobile tour and special rhino Meet The Keeper experience. We will also be holding a live auction where one lucky person will get the chance to have a one-on-one close encounter with the rhinos that evening! Proceeds from the event will support The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.


for event information and to purchase your tickets


*Subject to change without notice




9:00am to 7:00pm, daily
Last admission's one hour before closing.
The Toronto Zoo is open year round

(except Dec. 25th).


Member Exclusive Early Giant Panda viewing:

May 2 to Jun 28, 2015 - 8:30am - 9:00am,weekends only
Jun 29 to Sep 7, 2015  - 8:30am - 9:00am, daily


General Admission (13-64): $28
Seniors (65+): $23
Children (3-12): $18
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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