Alerts

Please note February 3rd to February 4th 2023, Zoomobile may be experiencing closures and delays due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.
Please note that due to the cold temperatures expected, the Conservation Carousel will be closed on Saturday, February 4.

Please also note our Zoomobile will now be taking an alternate route through the Eurasia Wilds and will no longer be travelling through the Eurasia Drive Thru.


Please note the following animals that may not be viewable at this time:

Americas Pavilion
Two-toed sloth, golden lion tamarin, white-faced saki, river otter, Eastern loggerhead shrike, and black-footed ferret are all currently not viewable due to habitat maintenance.

Eurasia Wilds
The Stellar Sea Eagles are currently not viewable.

Canadian Domain: 
Closed for the season.

African Savanna:
Some animals may not be viewable due to decreasing temperatures.

Kids Zoo
Closed for the season.


Saturday, February 25 - Move Your Paws for the Polar Bear Cause 5K/1K Run/Walk

Please be advised that your Toronto Zoo and Canada Running Series will be hosting the Move Your Paws for the Polar Bear Cause 5K/1K Run/Walk at the Zoo on February 25th to raise funds for the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy and polar bear conservation. 

Please note the following operational impacts:

  • For their well-being, some animals along the Move Your Paws route may be delayed going out on habitat in the morning. Guests may experience slight delays on other pathways as the run finishes and the race route is cleared. 
    • Tundra Trek: Caribou will not be visible and the path to the Caribou habitat will be closed for the entire day
  • Zoomobile: Begins operating at 11:45 am
Fish

Location at the Zoo:
Indo-Malaya
Region: Southeast Asia


Grass Carp

One of four carp species collectively referred to as Asian carp and native to Southeast Asia, the grass carp has large cycloid scales on the back and sides outlined by pigment giving it a cross-hatched appearance. The grass carp has an oblong body, slightly flattened head and can be black to olive-brown in colour with brassy or silvery-white sides. Consuming approximately 40% of their body weight each day over their 10 year lifespan, grass carp reach a maximum size of 1.5 m in length and can weigh up to 45 kg.

Conservation Status: IUCN




Distribution:

Eastern Asia from southern Russia to northern Vietnam

Habitat:

Slow flowing waters of large rivers and lakes

Diet:

Aquatic plants, detritus, insects, small fish, earthworms and invertebrates

Reproduction:

Grass carp usually spawn in summer when flow in rivers is high. Eggs are carried downstream by the river current and young grass carp develop in quiet backwaters and meanders of the main river channels. Young grass carp feed on insect larvae and crustaceans but soon switch to a diet of aquatic plants.

Adaptation:

Grass carp are able to tolerate a broad temperature range between 0 and 38oC. Pharyngeal teeth in the throat allow the grass carp to break down and consume tough aquatic plants and small invertebrates.

Threats to Survival:

Like other Asian carp species, grass carp is threatened by overfishing, pollution and river modifications such as dams, flood control devices and land reclamation for agriculture.