Thank You for Joining Us for a Rare Celestial Event as a Solar Eclipse Passed Through Ontario!

Citizen Scientist:
Submit Your Findings Now Through 5:00pm on Friday, April 12

Help your Toronto Zoo Welfare Science team document what the animals did the day before, during, and the day after the solar eclipse!

A total solar eclipse is a rare event. How did your favorite animals respond after the near-total coverage of the sun by the moon?

What Did You Observe?

The sun was covered, and during this dark period, we were interested in the activity levels of our animals and any changes in their behaviours.

Use Our Online Form to Share Your Observations!

Please Submit Your Observations Here

Sunday, April 7:
We asked for your help to record the behaviour of YOUR favourite animals on the day BEFORE the eclipse. This was referred to as BASELINE DAY, marking the animals’ baseline behaviour – observing how they were on a typical day.

Monday, April 8 - Eclipse Day:
The main event – the solar eclipse – was most noticeable between 2:55pm and 3:05pm EST.

Zoo hours were 9:30am to 4:30pm. We encouraged guests to arrive in advance of the main event to get situated at their favourite animal’s habitat and get ready to OBSERVE!

Tuesday, April 9:
We observed how the animals were doing the day AFTER the eclipse. Did the animals change their behaviour back to ‘baseline’?

Your Insights Are Invaluable to Us!

Your Toronto Zoo strives to provide experience and events that are accessible to all guests. Accommodation requests by guests for experiences and events are always welcome and every effort will be made to provide optimal support for the needs of guests with disabilities.

*Please note all events subject to change without notice.