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
Amphibian

Location at the Zoo:
Australasia
Region: Australasia


Solomon Island leaf frog

This very interesting terrestrial frog is also known as the Solomon Island eyelash frog and the triangle frog. This species is polymorphic, meaning there are many different colour variations, from gold to earthy browns, to green in colour. The head is triangular in shape (hence the alternate name of “triangle frog”) and the projections over the eyes lead to the other name of “Solomon Island eyelash frog”. They reach a size up to 7.6 cm.

Conservation Status: IUCN




Distribution:

They are found in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, Buka Island and Bougainville Island. The Solomon Islands lie east of Papua New Guinea and cover more than 1.35 million square kilometres of the South Pacific and consist of a double chain of 922 islands. They have the highest diversity of terrestrial vertebrate species of all Pacific Island nations, with the exception of Papua New Guinea.

Habitat:

The Solomon Island leaf frog lives in the rainforests of tropical lowland and montane forests, where there is little standing water. The climate is tropical and sub-tropical, with moist broadleaf forests. It is a forest floor dweller, in leaf litter, although it has been found up to 700 m above sea level. It is also able to tolerate a wide range of habitats, and so it can live in secondary forest, rural gardens, and other degraded areas.

Diet:

Insects and small vertebrates including small frogs. This frog has a “sit and wait” feeding technique – it will lunge at prey and swallow it whole.

Reproduction:

These frogs are one of the few species that do not undergo metamorphosis outside the egg - there is no tadpole phase. The female buries eggs in small hollows at the base of trees. The pea sized eggs, which have a clear outer gel, hatch in one month as fully developed baby frogs about 0.6cm long. The eggs are transparent enough that you can see the developing frog in the egg. They appear to breed on and off all year.

Adaptation:

Camouflage: Their pointed snout, projections over eyes and ridged veins over back and earthy brown colours give the appearance of a leaf allowing them to wait for their prey while being camouflaged from predators. They have a loud bark-like call to mark territory and find mates. They are nocturnal.

Threats to Survival:

The population is stable and abundant as they adapt to a wide range of habitats. They have been exported in large numbers, especially to Europe for the pet trade. The Solomon Islands government is formulating legislation to control export of this frog. Habitat loss is a threat, as large areas of the naturally limited natural forest below 400 m have been logged, or are planned to be logged or cleared for subsistence agriculture. Human population growth is high, creating pressures to clear land.