To further increase resources offered at the Zoo, a number of external researchers work on various projects. As a result, strong partnerships have been developed with other research institutions. The Toronto Zoo encourages various students and researchers to work in collaboration with the Zoo on projects related to their area of interest. Click below to find out about the Zoo's various affiliations.


The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) provides its members the services, high standards and best practices needed to be leaders and innovators in animal care, wildlife conservation and science, conservation education, the guest experience, and community engagement.

A nonprofit organization consisting of animal care professionals and related persons dedicated to conservation, education, and professional animal care in zoos and aquariums.
Bat Conservation International

Bat Conservation International conducts and supports science-based conservation efforts for bats all over the world. The goals of their education, research and conservation programs are to protect bats and their habitats, and to ensure that bats are able to maintain healthy environments and human economies far into the future.
Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF)

Represents 300,000 members and supporters that work from coast to coast to maintain something very important - a bright future for Canada's wildlife. CWF empowers Canadians to help protect wild species and the spaces they call home through beautiful publications, award-winning programs and a balanced approach to wildlife issues. Since our inception in 1962, we've become a household name because of our leadership in conservation education, awareness and outreach.

To conserve Nigeria's primates through sustainable rainforest conservation, community partnerships, education, primate rehabilitation and research.
Environment Canada

At Environment Canada our business is protecting the environment, conserving the country's natural heritage and providing weather and environmental predictions to keep Canadians informed and safe. The Toronto Zoo has been gracisouly supported through Environment Canada's Habitat Stewardship Program for several conservation projects.
Ministry of Environment

Ontario's Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has been protecting Ontario's environment for over 30 years. Using stringent regulations, targeted enforcement and a variety of innovative programs and initiatives, the ministry continues to address environmental issues that have local, regional and/or global effects.
Ministry of Natural Resources

As a ministry, we're working to promote healthy, sustainable ecosystems and conserve biodiversity (the variety of life on Earth). We conduct scientific research and apply the findings to develop effective resource management policies. The Ministry of Natural Resources also manages Ontario's Crown land, promotes economic opportunities in the resource sector and enhances opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Ontario Nature

Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement.Ontario Nature is a charitable organization representing more than 30,000 members and supporters and 140 member groups across Ontario.Since it was established as the Federation of Ontario Naturalists in 1931, Ontario Nature has been a champion for nature in Ontario.
Parks Canada

On behalf of the people of Canada, we protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada's natural and cultural heritage and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure their ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations.
Polar Bears International

Polar Bears International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the worldwide conservation of the polar bear and its habitat through research, stewardship, and education. We provide scientific resources and information on polar bears and their habitat to institutions and the general public worldwide.

Monterey Bay Seafood Watch

At Seafood Watch we help sustain wild, diverse and healthy ocean ecosystems that will exist long into the future. We do this by encouraging consumers and businesses to purchase seafood that is fished or farmed in ways that don't harm the environment. When there is scientific uncertainty, we err on the side of conservation.

Ocean Wise Seafood Program

The Toronto Zoo is a proud partner of the Ocean Wise Seafood program, a nonprofit conservation program created to empower consumers and businesses to make informed decisions about sustainable seafood and educate them on responsible aquaculture practices and issues facing the world’s fisheries. Ocean Wise works directly with partners to ensure they have the latest scientific information available regarding their seafood so they can make ocean-friendly buying decisions.

The Toronto Zoo partners with academia in many ways, including teaching and graduate student projects, shared resources like equipment and technology, and via advisory committees on Zoo and University related research projects in situ and ex situ.
Trent University
University of Guelph
University of Toronto at Scarborough
York University