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2015 Weekly Media Send Outs

Saturday, June 6 & Sunday, June 7, 2015

11:00am to 4:00pm

Cheetahs are the oldest and most endangered cat species in the world and they need our help to win the race against extinction.Come out and learn about our cheetahs first hand from their keepers and help support the Cheetah Conservation Fund of Canada. There will be special Meet-the-Keeper talks and feedings at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. In addition, we will have fun activities and games, Cheetah Conservation Fund of Canada merchandise, silent auction and a bio facts table with educational cheetah artifacts. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the Cheetah Conservation Fund.


Kiko has arrived!

We are pleased to update everyone that Kiko, our male Masai giraffe, arrived safely from

Greenville Zoo

in South Carolina. Kiko is currently undergoing a 30 day quarantine period in our new indoor giraffe house. This habitat features a special enrichment log that keepers can fill with hay, browse or other giraffe treats, and he sure seems to be enjoying his browse!

He is very curious and settling in nicely to his new home.


Photo Credit: Toronto Zoo

We will continue to provide updates on how he is transitioning to his new home and when he will make his Canadian debut to the public.

Great Lakes Program Shoreline Clean-up and Art Project with the

National Gallery of Canada


Shoreline Clean-Up Sculpture


On Thursday, 2015-04-16, Toronto Zoo’s Great Lakes Program conducted a shoreline clean-up at Beavermead Park, Peterborough, with approximately 20 grade nine Geography students from St. Peter Catholic Secondary School, in partnership with the City of Peterborough. The students collected 10 bags of garbage from the park and shoreline of Little Lake, part of the Trent-Severn Waterway.


To extend their water conservation efforts beyond clean-up day, the students created a sculpture to raise awareness about water issues inspired by, and using, materials from the clean-up. Toronto Zoo staff arranged collaboration with staff at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa to assist with this process. Gallery Professional David Gillanders conducted a webinar with the students to help them explore and develop the design and message of their sculpture. 


The sculpture will be on display at the Toronto Zoo for three weeks in June in the Americas Pavilion. Be sure to visit the sculpture this weekend.


Toronto Zoo would like to thank

the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund for their support in this project.

Toronto Zoo Giant Panda Da Mao Plays With Blanket

Did you know that giant pandas can sleep up to 10 hours a day?

Although they don't normally use blankets or pillows for their day-to-day naps, our keepers gave Da Mao a blanket as a form of enrichment. Our behavioural research cameras caught him curiously playing with it, and it eventually ends up on his head!


to watch!

Cute Alert!

Photo Credit: Toronto Zoo

Did you hear? We have a new addition to Australasia - "Sydney" a female kangaroo joey born to mom "Josie" and dad "Robbo". This new joey is about 13 months old but we don't actually know her exact birthday. Kangaroo joeys are about the size of a jelly bean when they are born and do most of their growing in mom's pouch. Because of this, our keepers only got their first glimpse of her in February when she started poking her head out of the pouch. We used this milestone, which normally occurs around ten months of age, to estimate her birth date as April 2014.

"Sydney" is now spending time out of the pouch and is seen more and more away from mom. Be sure to watch for her in the kangaroo habitat next to the Australasia Pavilion!

Animal Enrichment Extravaganza

This months Animal Enrichment Extravaganza will be at the Babirusa Exhibit in the Indo-Malaya outdoor area at 1:30pm this Saturday for a special enrichment feeding.


to view our 2015 monthly enrichment calender.

Upcoming Events


Raise Your Glass For Rhinos

 - Tickets on sale until Friday, June 5.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

6:00pm to 10:00pm

Toronto Zoo, Atrium

Administrative Support Centre, 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.

Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, 2015

11:00am to 3:00pm

Courtyard Stage

Bring your hero to meet a super hero this Father’s Day Weekend at the Toronto Zoo!
Join us at the Courtyard Stage as we celebrate Father’s Day all weekend long with your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man!Use your spidey senses to spot all the spiders around at the Zoo or swing like Spider-Man© on our gorilla ropes course.
*event subject to change without notice.
**please note mascot will need to take breaks throughout the day
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Toronto Zoo E-Waste Collection Day

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Toronto Zoo Drop Off Loop

9:30am to 4:00pm

Over 50 million tonnes of e-waste is produced every year and only 15-20% of it is recycled properly! The remaining electronics are sent directly to the landfill. The Toronto Zoo will be accepting a number of electronics including Monitors, TVs, Computers, Notebooks, Servers, Wire, Aluminum, Keyboards, Mice, Electronic Scrap, Small Appliances, Laptops, Tablets, iPods, Radios and, of course, Cellphones. The collection truck will be located on the side walk near the drop-off-loop at the zoo's front entrance. All those that make an e-waste contribution on June 13, 2015 will receive ONE coupon for two free Conservation Carousel rides. One coupon per family (valid June 13, 2015 only)

International Giraffe Day

Sunday, June 21, 2015

11:00am to 4:00pm

Masai Giraffe Exhibit, African Savanna

In celebration of International Giraffe Day join us as we honour the tallest and longest-necked animal at the Masai Giraffe Exhibit. Visit our special interpretive and artifact station and enjoy a special meet-the-keeper talk at 11:00am and 2:00pm to learn about these majestic species. Did you know there are less than 80,000 giraffes remaining in the wild? Find out how you can commit to conservation efforts to help this extremely vulnerable and amazing species at home and abroad.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

11:00am to 4:00pm, Panda Interpretive Centre and Americas Pavilion

At Saving Wildlife Day visitors will have the unique opportunity to meet our conservation teams who work on special projects behind the scenes at the Toronto Zoo. Join us at the Americas Pavilion and the Panda Interpretive Centre for an interactive and wild experience. This new zoo event allows visitors the chance to talk, one-on-one, with our dedicated teams and find out about the important work they do in our onsite re-production labs, animal health care unit and about our captive breeding and re-introduction programs.


*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:

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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