ZOO INFORMATION & FAQ
POLICIES & PROCEDURES
NEW Zoo ConnectionzLooking for a special birthday message from the Zoo? Or want to make your next virtual meeting WILD with a special animal appearance? Check out these amazing virtual Zoo opportunities!
ADDED VALUE – FREE WITH ADMISSION
5,000 animals from around the world to discover!
10 km of walking trails to explore!
Meet-the-Keeper Talks, Special Events, Splash Island, Kids Zoo, and so much more!
These unique and engaging opportunities are all included in the cost of admission. Your guests are sure to have a day of adventure from beginning to end!
With over 15 to choose from, Meet-the-Keeper Talks are an amazing opportunity for your guests to discover more about the wildlife at the Zoo, plus they’ll get the inside scoop from Wildlife Care staff themselves.
CARNIVORE ENRICHMENT FEEDINGS
Enrichment at the Toronto Zoo aims to enhance our animals’ environments by providing them with opportunities that stimulate their natural behaviours. Giving animals opportunities to follow their natural instincts is as essential to their overall health and well-being, as good nutrition and medical care. By offering our carnivores large and complex food items encourages them to use their natural hunting and feeding behaviours, including smelling, licking, clawing, chewing and consumption of all edible parts, chewing on bones and tearing through skin.
The Toronto Zoo hosts a variety of value-added, family-friendly events throughout the year that are included with admission, including Animal Awareness Days and holiday-themed events (e.g. Boo at the Zoo).
Check out the Toronto Zoo’s Events Calendar to see what’s coming up. Consider planning your event around these dates to provide your guests with something extra!
Please Note: The Events Calendar includes both free and ticketed events/programs.
Splash Island – 2 acre Splash Pad!
Your guests can 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, the Zoo’s splash pad is the best way to beat the summer heat. Kids will enjoy the cool water as they explore and learn about which Canadian plants and animals live in different bodies of water. Splash Island is a great way to relax, cool down, and have fun!
Learn, Laugh, and Play!
Specially designed for young visitors, Kids Zoo is a dynamic and interactive experience that allows your guests and their families to meet and interact with much-loved domestic animals, such as alpacas, goats, rabbits, woodchucks, and domestic ferrets. Your guests will love the unique photo opportunities as kids pop up inside a plexiglass bubble to come face-to-face with a guinea pig, dig for dinosaur eggs, whoosh down the two-storey treehouse’s slide, or bird watch in our giant aviary. They might even meet a Zookeeper!
Amazing Animal Show!
Join our Outreach & Discovery Team in the 750-seat Waterside Theatre for the interactive Amazing Animal Show, highlighting the natural abilities of wildlife.
INTERACTIVE DISCOVERY STATIONS
Spark your sense of wonder & curiosity about the natural world!
Visitors have the opportunity to discover more about the animal kingdom through hands-on interactions with a variety of animal biofacts, including skulls, fur, and feathers, at one of the Zoo’s many on-site Volunteer-hosted Interactive Discovery Stations. The Zoo’s dedicated and knowledgeable Volunteers are available to answer questions.
The Interactive Discovery Stations are located within the major pavilions during the fall/winter season and on the Zoo site during the spring/summer season.
WILDLIFE HEALTH CENTRE VIEWING GALLERY
Ever wonder where a turtle gets an x-ray or where Zoo vets perform surgery on a cheetah? The Wildlife Health Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that enhances the Toronto Zoo as a centre of excellence in high-quality animal care through veterinary and reproductive sciences, nutritional physiology, and conservation and wildlife research. The Viewing Gallery provides guests with the exclusive opportunity to catch a glimpse of the work we do behind-the-scenes in the Wildlife Health Centre with seven large windows that allow visitors to take a peek into the following areas: Diagnostic Imaging, Treatment, Surgery, Clinical Lab, and Endocrinology Lab.