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Saturday, July 8 & Sunday, July 9, 2017
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

African Savanna – White Rhino Barn (behind the scenes entry located at the crossroads between the African Penguin and Watusi Exhibits)

Have you ever wanted to see just how big the 3rd largest land mammal is? Get up close and personal with Tom, Tony, Sabi or Zohari, our White Rhino crash at the Toronto Zoo's 2nd Annual Open House Weekend supported by CARDAN Road Cleaners! For a donation, guests will be invited to visit behind the scenes and meet a few of our white rhinos up close and personal! CARDAN has generously offered to match all donations for the weekend. This is your chance to make a large impact to help save the remaining 5 species of rhinos in the wild!

Keepers and volunteers will be on hand to talk about rhino biology, care and conservation! There will be coloring and craft stations set up as well as a silent auction and additional rhino merchandise available for purchase. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Endangered Species Reserve Fund’s Bowling for Rhinos campaign, which supports Lewa Conservancy, The International Rhino Foundation, and Action for Cheetahs to save the remaining population of rhinos.


For more information on Rhino Open House


Toronto Zoo has been involved in wood bison conservation since 1977 with captive breeding and reintroduction of animals back into the wild. Since that time, efforts from various organizations have resulted in the species being down listed from “endangered” to “threatened” by the International Union of Conservation and Nature (IUCN). The conservation of the remaining free-ranging populations is at risk due to the ongoing presence of disease (tuberculosis, brucellosis). Reproductive biotechnologies may be the best way to preserve the germplasm of the remaining individuals and develop methods to produce non-infected offspring.

Toronto Zoo has had much success with wood bison calves being born via artificial insemination, however to help us continue our reproductive research and advancement of this and other Canadian species, we need help raising money for a brand new Microscope with Digital Imaging System.


This new Microscope with Digital Imaging System will aid in our research by allowing us to better characterize and identify the most viable sperm and embryos for artificial insemination. This useful and powerful tool will be of great continued use for not only Wood Bison reproduction efforts but also reproductive programs at the Toronto Zoo for other species such as the Black-footed ferret and the Vancouver Island marmot.


Can’t BEAR the heat?

Cool off at Splash Island, the perfect destination for a hot summer day! With two acres of hands-on, non-stop family fun amidst waterslides, water-spouting animals, waterfalls, and tipping buckets, our splash pad is the best way to beat the summer heat. The kids will enjoy the cool mist as they explore and learn about which plants and animals live in different bodies of water in Canada. Splash Island is a great way to relax, cool down, and have fun with the kids!

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9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily

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

General Admission (13-64): $29
Seniors (65+): $24
Children (3-12): $19
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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