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Toronto Zoo Continues Conservation Success With Endangered Massasauga Rattlesnake Breeding Program

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, Toronto, Ontario:

The Toronto Zoo is proud to announce the latest success story from one of the zoo’s many conservation breeding programs; the birth of six massasauga rattlesnakes on Wednesday August 16, 2015. This is the second year in a row that the Toronto Zoo has seen success from the Massasauga Rattlesnake Breeding Program. Historically, the massasauga rattlesnakes, now considered an endangered species in southern Ontario, are a challenging breed to reproduce. However, just as in 2014, the zoo carefully adjusted day lengths to simulate wild conditions in an effort to condition the snakes and provide an optimal environment for successful breeding.  

The six new rattlesnakes, which are all doing well, will join the current managed population of massasauga’s at the Toronto Zoo. More exciting news, as of this morning a second female gave birth to as many as six new rattlesnakes! Their valuable genetic lineage will be a contribution in enhancing the health of other assurance populations.  The Zoo’s massasauga rattlesnakes are part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP) conservation and breeding program that began in 2006 as a result of concerns over the decline of the massasauga rattlesnake population in Canada and in 10 U.S. states where it is listed as Endangered, Threatened or Special Concern. The SSP promotes stewardship and respect of the massasauga rattlesnake.  The Toronto Zoo wants to inspire citizens to make responsible choices that benefit our communities by protecting the natural places we rely on.

“We are very excited to see success, for a second year in a row, of this important conservation breeding program for this endangered species” says Dr. Andrew Lentini, Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians, Toronto Zoo. “This birth gives us confidence that we are making major strides in the work we are doing that will sustain recovery efforts for these special snakes now and for years to come”. 

The Toronto Zoo has worked to save and protect massasauga rattlesnakes and Ontario snakes since 1989 and provides workshops for Zoo members and those living in areas where rattlesnakes are found. The Zoo also contributes to the recovery of this species and a team of recovery experts supports field research, education and outreach programs and resources, scientific research, monitoring, development of shelter areas and ecosystem restoration. 


The Toronto Zoo is also hosting a NEW Fall Massasauga Workshop at Toronto Zoo on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10am to 11:30am. For more information or to purchase your tickets please CLICK HERE



Photo Credit: Toronto Zoo

What do Vultures and Black-Footed Ferrets have in common?

You can celebrate both this weekend at the Zoo!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Discovery Zone Courtyard,

11:00am - 4:00pm



Sunday, August 30, 2015

Discovery Zone Courtyard, 11:00am - 4:00pm

Get Closer. Discover More.

Beat The Heat This Weekend At Splash Island...


PLUS Join Us For Kid-tastic Character



SpongeBob SquarePants!

If the summer heat is too "un-bearable", why not visit

Splash Island

? Our two-acre splash pad is the perfect destination for a hot summer day!  After exploring over 5,000 animals, cool off with the kids amongst waterslides, water-spouting animals, waterfalls and tipping buckets.

Splash Island is open daily from 10:30am to 6:00pm and is added value with your Zoo admission!


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
11:30am to 3:00pm. 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 and 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.


Toronto Zoo Volunteer Recruitment is NOW Open!


Lead, learn, and enjoy life as a Toronto Zoo Volunteer. Join our diverse team of active and outgoing adult Volunteers in connecting kids and families to nature, educating and inspiring others, and promoting wildlife conservation.  We are now recruiting for the Year-Round Volunteer Program and the winter Panda Ambassador Interpretive Volunteer Program.

For more details and how you can apply today*


Want to hear more from our experts? Join us for an information evening on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  Learn about the fun and interesting Volunteer opportunities that the Zoo has to offer for adults and students through an information presentation and Q&A session. The session is held at the Toronto Zoo and starts at 7:00 pm.  Please RSVP by email to

by Friday, September 4, 2015 to reserve your seat.

*Applications are due Friday, September 18, 2015 and can be submitted via email, mail, or fax.

Animal Enrichment Extravaganza

What is black and white and lives in the Discovery Zone? Did you guess Pandas? Guess again!

It’s time for another month of Enrichment Extravaganza where you can meet our skunks every Saturday in August at 1:30pm! Meet us at the Discovery Zone and ask his keepers everything you’ve always wanted to know about these stinky little creatures!


to view our 2015 monthly enrichment calender.

 Upcoming Events



oga at the Toronto Zoo


pre-registration is required.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Wildlife Marquee, Discovery Zone

9:30am - 10:00am and 11:30am - 12noon


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Giant Panda Exhibit

Da Mao, Canada’s only male giant panda, is turning seven years old and we want you to help us celebrate! Join us for "Out Of This World" panda-themed birthday activities at the Giant Panda Exhibit. Come out and wish Da Mao a happy “bear-thday”! Our panda mascots will also be on hand for a fun birthday themed photo op so bring your camera!

Toronto Zoo Senior's Day - Presented by Compass Group Canada

Monday, September 14, 2015 9:30am - 4:30pm - FREE Admission For Seniors 65+

Compass Group Canada, the proud food service provider at the Toronto Zoo, presents 2015 Toronto Zoo Senior's Day on Monday, September 14, 2015. On site promotions will include 10% off, at the Zootique and Panda Shops and 50% off a Toronto Zoo One Year Senior Membership*. Seniors can also purchase, at Peacock Café, a sandwich and a small coffee or tea for only $3.99 plus tax! While here why not take the Zoomobile** to enjoy the full zoo site in style. Zoomobile Ride All Day tickets are only $8 or the "4 Ride All Day Pass for $28"! Don't forget to visit our giant panda pair, Er Shun and Da Mao, the only two giant pandas in Canada. Parking fee $12/vehicle.
*Discount applies to the ONE-YEAR senior membership categories (Senior & Senior Couple) memberships only, valid for in-person/on-site sale only AND valid only on Senior's Day, Monday, September 14, 2015. No rain checks, not valid or TWO-YEAR memberships, discount not applicable on annual parking.

**First Zoomobile departs from the main front entrance station at 9:45am and the last Zoomobile of the day departs at 4:00pm. Fee applies. For more details on Wheelchair and Electric Convenience Vehicles please

click here. 


Saturday, September 19, 2015

8:00am - 9:30am

CLICK HERE for more information and to register. 

*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.
For general information visit


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