Connect with conservation this March Break with some of your favourite characters! Join us for daily meet-and-greets with new characters throughout the week at our Wild Connections tent in front of the Panda Interpretive Centre. Plus, find out what these characters have in common with some of the animals around the Zoo.
INTERNATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY EVENTS AT THE
TORONTO ZOO WERE GRRRRREAT!
The Toronto Zoo celebrated everything polar bear this past Saturday, February 25th in honour of International Polar Bear Day. The 4th Annual Move Your Paws for the Polar Bear Cause 1K/5K Walk/Run took place with a total of 556 participants! To date this event has garnered over $55,000 in fundraising for polar bear conservation with Saturday’s teams raising $17,000. A special thanks to the Canada Running Series for their continued support of polar bear conservation and for helping to make this annual event a success.
That wasn’t all! Zoo visitors took part in our very ‘cool’ Polar Bear Festival. Visitors were able to take part in fun and educational activities that helped raise awareness and additional funds, in excess of $5,000, to support this very vulnerable Canadian species. Polar Bear Fest also hosted a talk by world renowned polar bear researcher Dr. Martyn Obbard. The Toronto Zoo has supported Dr. Obbard’s valuable research through these events and will continue to support polar bear conservation in the wild.
To Learn More About Polar Bear Conservation
ONTARIO TURTLE HIBERNATION UPDATE:
LONG TERM PARTNERSHIPS ARE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL RE-INTRODUCTION
The successful re-introduction of over 65 head-started Blanding’s Turtles into the Rouge National Urban Park, as well as the decade of research and monitoring that led up to it has been a success story in the importance of partnerships to maximize our conservation efforts.
A long term partnership with Parks Canada, Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Environment Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has greatly enhanced the Blanding’s turtle monitoring and head-start project by providing funding, permits and in-kind contributions to conduct research on wild Blanding’s turtles in the Rouge Valley.
Earth Rangers, an environmental conservation organization focused on engaging youth in the protection of nature, has provided support for the project by building a facility to house the turtle eggs and hatchlings at the Toronto Zoo.
The University of Toronto (Scarborough) has now partnered with the project to assist with the long-term monitoring of released Blanding’s turtles. Parks Canada, TRCA, and the Toronto Zoo are also participating in long term habitat improvement projects, including wetland restoration, the creation of nesting habitats, and the construction of road way eco-passages that will promote this species’ long-term survival and sustainability in the Rouge Valley.
Photo Left to Right: Jeffrey Law, Parks Canada & Shannon Ritchie, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus
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Photo: Shannon Ritchie, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus
Photo: Painted Turtle Under The Ice
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CURRENT ZOO HOURS :
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).
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) 392-5974.
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).