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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 with a team of recovery experts supporting field research, education and outreach programs and resources, scientific research, monitoring, development of shelter areas and ecosystem restoration.

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.

Sunday, April 23, 2017
10:00 am - 11:30 am, Ticketed Event

This is your chance to experience close encounters with some native Ontario snakes, meet a live rattlesnake with Toronto Zoo reptile experts and learn how to identify and live safely with the Massasauga rattlesnake as well as other snakes you may find in your own backyard! The workshop, led by Dr. Andrew Lentini, Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians, will also include information on the Toronto Zoo’s important partnerships and how we work together. Each participant receives a gift bag including a poster, Living With Wildlife DVD and stickers and have the opportunity to purchase the Massasauga Stewardship Guide for only $10*.

Your ticket to this event includes a light breakfast of tea, coffee, juice, croissants, muffins and fruit and a 75 minute interactive presentation featuring a variety of snakes, followed by a guided walk to our Massasauga rattlesnake Americas Exhibit. Tickets to this event are only $19 for members and $21 for non-members. Event not suitable for children 6 and under. All event proceeds will support the Massasauga Species Survival Program and school programming.

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9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily

Last admission one hour before closing.
The Toronto Zoo is open year round (except Dec. 25th).

General Admission (13-64): $23
Seniors (65+): $18
Children (3-12): $14
Children (2 and under): FREE
Members: FREE
Prices include tax as applicable
Parking is $12 year round

For more information, contact Amanda Chambers at (416) 392-5974.

Events and admission prices subject to change without notice.

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The Toronto Zoo is Canada’s premier zoo and a national leader in saving wildlife to ensure the rich diversity of nature for future generations. More than a tourist attraction, the Toronto Zoo boasts a number of leading programs for helping wildlife and their natural habitats – from species reintroduction to reproductive research. A world-class educational centre for people of all ages, the Toronto Zoo is open every day except December 25 and attracts approximately 1.3 million visitors each year.

Toronto Zoo is accredited by Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The Zoo has also achieved the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) Certificate of Good Animal Practice® and is inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

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