LAST CHANCE to Name Our Panda Cubs
On October 13, 2015, Toronto Zoo welcomed Canada's first giant panda cubs. The cubs have been living with mom, Er Shun, in the maternity den at the Toronto Zoo's Giant Panda Experience. Public can meet them beginning March 12th.
Now that the cubs have surpassed their 100 day milestone and it has been determined that one is a male and the other female, it's time to give them names.
*Note one vote permitted per email address.
to vote until Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 11:59 pm.
Please note, Er Shun and the giant panda cubs are not on exhibit and media are not permitted in the maternity area of the Giant Panda Exhibit. Toronto Zoo staff will provide updates, photos and video as they become available.
The Toronto Zoo would like to acknowledge the ongoing support from Chongqing Zoo and Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding for their expertise on raising baby pandas, and also for providing us with two giant panda specialists whose knowledge and experience has been invaluable during this time.
To support our work in giant panda conservation DONATE HERE.
Photo Credit: Toronto Zoo
Meet our newest polar bear cub and arctic ambassador on International Polar Bear Day, this Saturday February 27th!
Born November 11, 2015, our female polar bear cub has been hand-raised by Zoo staff since birth, within the Wildlife Health Centre and the polar ar bear house. She has spent the last few weeks exploring and adjusting to her new outdoor habitat in the polar bear maternity area of the Tundra ra Trek. You will soon be able to meet her daily starting on February 27, weather permitting from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm*. Note that she will occasionally not be visible to the public for short periods of time for feedings and vet checks.
SPRING 2016 VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN
PEOPLE-PERSON, PANDA AFICIONADO, AND TORONTO ZOO VOLUNTEER BECOME A VOLUNTEER TODAY
Photo Credit: Toronto Zoo
Meet Jo-Anne, a Panda Ambassador Volunteer and Year-Round Volunteer trainee at Toronto Zoo. “What I really like about the Zoo is that Volunteers and Staff are so passionate about what they do.”
Jo-Anne always knew she wanted to Volunteer at the Zoo. When the pandas arrived in 2013 she could resist no longer. “Jo-Anne, this is your chance!” prompted her husband.
As a Panda Ambassador, Jo-Anne helps visitors learn something new in the Zoo’s Panda Interpretive Centre, and gives them a positive and insightful experience. “We knew Jo-Anne was perfect for our team when she arrived for her first shift with her panda ears firmly in place”, say Toronto Zoo Volunteer Services staff. Jo-Anne has enjoyed learning and sharing her knowledge so much that she is training to be a Year-Round Volunteer at the Zoo.
DO YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER AT THE ZOO LIKE JO-ANNE?
CLICK HERE for more information on the Zoo’s Volunteer opportunities and to RSVP for our Volunteer Information Evening on Wednesday March 2 at 7:00 pm. To apply as a spring/summer Volunteer be sure to return your application by Friday March 18.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 to
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26,
The Toronto Zoo is celebrating International Polar Bear Day by inviting you to “Bundle Up For Polar Bears!” Bundle up in your warmest sweater, socks, and toque for the week and take part in the Thermostat Challenge by turning down your thermostat by two degrees between Saturday, February 20 and Friday, February 26, 2016. The challenge aims to reduce our CO2 emissions and raise awareness about how our daily actions are contributing to climate change and impacting polar bears through the melting of the Arctic sea ice. Together, we can make a difference!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2016
Photo Credit: Jim Skene/Toronto Zoo
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Free with Zoo admission
Celebrate International Polar Bear Day and show your love for polar bears by joining us at our very ‘cool’ Polar Bear Festival. Visitors will be able to take part in fun and educational activities that help raise awareness and support this threatened Canadian species. Polar Bear Fest includes polar bear themed children’s activities and crafts (indoors!), silent auction with a chance to win a special behind the scenes tour for four people, and much more!
*proceeds will support polar bear conservation.
Conserving the Polar Bear (*Pre-registration required)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
$5 per Member, $8 per Non-Member plus General Admission fee
Join us for a special presentation to meet two of our very own polar bear keepers as they share stories of the Zoo’s family of polar bears, the importance of enrichment, their experiences in Churchill, and how the Zoo is helping to support polar bear conservation in the wild. Following the Toronto Zoo's keeper presentation, Luana Sciullo, from York University will share her exciting research on wild polar bears which investigates their success at finding food in relation to environmental change in Canada’s Arctic.
PLUS, those who register to attend this presentation will have anexclusive opportunity to win a special Meet-the-Keeper experience for themselves and one guest at the Zoo’s polar bear exhibit!
Limited space is available!
CURRENT ZOO HOURS:
9:30am - 4:30pm, daily
Last admission one hour before closing.
The Toronto Zoo is open year round
(except Dec. 25th).
CURRENT ADMISSION FEES:
General Admission (13-64): $23
Seniors (65+): $18
Children (3-12): $14
Children (2 and under): FREE
Prices include tax as applicable
Parking is $12 year round
For more information, contact Amanda Chambers at (416) 392-5941.
Events and admission prices subject to change without notice.
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