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Happy National Zoo Keeper Week!


Why celebrate our Toronto Zoo Keepers?  Because they have devoted their lives being soldiers for conservation, participating in the battle for species survival and preservation of the natural homelands of the animals they care for through public awareness, education, and exhibition.

The Toronto Zoo has a critical role to play to ensure the survival of many species, and particularly Canadian species. Now more than ever, the work the Toronto Zoo does to save and protect species and their habitats is critical to the ongoing survival of many of the worlds’ most vulnerable species. That is why we are here. We are here because the Zoo is increasingly called upon to make critical contributions in the areas of wildlife care, research, veterinary and nutritional science and species preservation. We do this with many partners including conservation groups, governments, universities, environmental organizations and other wildlife care facilities globally. More than ever before, the work we do behind the scenes is vital to the survival of animals.

In celebration of National Zoo Keeper Week check out our Zoo Keeper, Sonia, talk about our animals within the African Rainforest pavilion, and how our keepers use enrichment every day to evoke their natural behaviours.


to watch the video!



to watch our Why We Are Here video.

The Moblees are coming to the Toronto Zoo!

Get moving with this new addition to

Kid-tastic Characters

Saturday, September 5 to Monday, September 7, 2015

10:00am, Waterside Theatre

Catch the Moblees on Tour at the Toronto Zoo. The mighty Moblees will be moving, twisting, hopping and singing during this free 20 minute outdoor show in the Waterside Theatre. What better way to have fun, get outside and active than with the kids’ CBC Moblees! The Moblees will also be doing meet and greets at the front entrance Courtyard Stage periodically throughout the day from 11:30am to 3:00pm.
Schedule subject to change.




To celebrate Toronto hosting the 2015 games the Toronto Zoo has created a fun and wild Pan Am themed events calendar for guests to the city, as well as Torontonians, to enjoy! Don’t miss your chance to visit Canada’s national leader in saving wildlife to ensure the rich diversity of nature for future generations!

While you are at the Toronto Zoo check out some of our

Wild Animal Athletes

, this week we are highlighting the Arctic Wolf.

Arctic wolves, like all wolves, hunt in packs. These wolves live in packs of seven to ten individuals. Just like a relay race the team, while running, they create a strategy on how to complete the run, the fastest, and win. Arctic wolves have a highly complex social order within wolf packs and work as a team when hunting.

For more details on the 2015 games

click here.


Animal Enrichment Extravaganza

This month's Animal Enrichment Extravaganza will be at the African Crested Porcupine Exhibit every Saturday in July at 1:30pm. Join us for a special enrichment feeding and meet our pair of porcupines Mr. P and Pumpkin and of course their awesome keepers too!

Did you know that the African Crested Porcupine is the largest species of porcupine in the world? They also, contrary to what many believe, do not "shoot" their quills at their enemies but instead puff themselves up and stomp their feet when threatened.


to view our 2015 monthly enrichment calender

Upcoming Events


Saturday, July

25, 2015

11:00am - 4:00pm, Americas Wetlands

Want to learn more about all of the cool insects that you live with? At Insect Awareness Day you will discover a variety of insects that you can find in your own backyard. Learn how to help protect them and create environments that they will love. Interactive games and activities will leave you with a desire to learn about these cool insects long after you leave the Zoo.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

11:00am - 4:00pm, Indo-Malaya Boardwalk

Did you know that tigers are declared a critically endangered species and that the wild tiger population is fewer than 3,200 with only, approximately, 350 Sumatran tigers left in the wild? The tiger populations are threatened by habitat loss and degradation, poaching, tiger-human conflict, loss of prey and other factors. Join us for Tiger Awareness Day and find out how YOU can commit to conservation efforts to help this extremely endangered species at home and abroad. Drop by our Sumatran Tiger Exhibit for tiger enrichment, interpretive stations, artifacts and colouring sheets.

PLUS enjoy a special training demonstration at 2:30pm at the Sumatran Tiger Exhibit.


Saturday, August 1, 2015

11:00am - 4:00pm, Americas Wetlands

Bats are perhaps the most misunderstood animals on Earth yet they play vital roles in many of the planet’s ecosystems. Misconceptions have played a primary role in the persecution of bats.

Come out and learn more about the eight different species of bats we have in Ontario and discover how our furry friends fly, what they like to snack on and what they do when the sun comes up! Stop by our interpretive tables to see cool bat box models and learn how you can build your very own. Find out why four of the eight bat species we have are endangered and what that means for you.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Experience the Zoo after dark as we celebrate our 4th annual Bat Night. Learn about the secretive lives of bats from two of Ontario’s leading bat experts and join us afterwards for a short tour where we will identify wild bats using electronic “bat detectors”.

Recommended for ages 5 and up


$12 per person (including Members)*
* Cost does not include admission to the Zoo or parking
**Children must be accompanied by an adult.


to purchase 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:

 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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