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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Two giant Pandas are headed for the Toronto Zoo

 Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature - Wednesday, 2013-03-20
Forget your local grocery store. What do you feed an animal that is right at the top of the finicky
 eaters list of the animal kingdom? You feed them fresh bamboo, which makes up to 85 to 90 percent 
of their diet. "The Zoo will be providing the giant pandas with 600 to 900 kilos of fresh bamboo per 
week, consisting of three to four different species, " notes Zoo Nutritionist Jaap Wensvoort. Problem
 solved? Not really... "While there re over 600 varieties of bamboo, giant pandas will eat only a few - 
and their preference can change at any time," say Jaap. In summer, they will eat mainly the leaves, but 
in winter they'll switch to the stalks. For supplements, the pandas will also get leaf-eater biscuits with 
vitamins and minerals, high quality dog chow and some fruits.  
MARCH 25, 2013!
After months of much anticipation we are happy to announce the Er Shun and Da Mao, our breeding 
pair of Giant Pandas, will be arriving to Toronto, from Chengdu, China, on Monday, March 25, 2013. 
This is an exciting step in this historic Canadian milestone!
To see how excited we are and to find out when Er Shun and Da Mao arrive CLICK HERE. 
To access our Giant Panda Media Kit CLICK HERE

WEEKEND EVENTS:
Saturday, March 23
Toronto Zoo Supports
8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Climate change is the simple biggest threat facing polar bears, by reducing our carbon emissions to protect the sea ice polar bears depend on for survival. Toronto Zoo will be turning off all non-essential lights to support polar bear conservation!
Friday, March 29 to Monday, April 1

9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Hop along the Zoo trails and follow the clues to some of our featured furry and feathered family. Participants will have a chance to win one of four Zoo prize packs, daily. Don't forget to take in one of our many Daily Keeper Talks and drop by the Front Entrance Courtyard Stage to pose with our two Giant Panda Mascots-Er Shun and Da Mao-who will be dressed in their Easter best!

MEDIA INFORMATION:
Zoo Camp 2013 registration is now open! With the arrival of the
 giant panda's, this summer is the perfect time to connect with
 nature at Zoo Camp, a unique opportunity to explore wildlife 
from around the world. A variety of themes are offered, unique
 to the zoo setting, including baby animals, careers with wildlife
 and more!
For program details and online registration CLICK HERE!
Together we can raise $20,000 for Conservation of Endangered Species!
The Toronto Zoo is a participant in Nature's Bounty $50,000 
Giveaway and we need your help! The grand prize of $20,000 
will go towards our conservation efforts for precious animals
including the rare White Lions, Sumatran orangutan, Red panda,
 and so many more. CLICK HERE and vote for "The Board of Management of the Toronto Zoo". Vote once a day, every day, 
until March 29th, 2013!  

PHOTO OF THE WEEK:


Did you know jellyfish are ancient creatures? Fossils have been fou
nd in rocks that are 650 million years old. COOL! Visit the Moon jellyfish in our Great Barrier Reef Aquarium in the Australasia 
pavilion!
You can "adopt" the Moon jellyfish. Join our family of
 animal "parents" today.  Call 416-392-9114 for details. 
Looking to add some adventure to your next Corporate Event? 
Why not bring your herd to the wildest venue in town-The Toronto Zoo.
CLICK HERE for full details on our extensive Corporate Events Package or to book your 
event today!
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ZOO HOURSCurrent Zoo hours - 9:30 am to 4:30 pm weekdays and 9:30 am to 6:00 pm 
weekends/holidays.
Special March Break hours - 9:30 am to 6:00 pm daily.
Last admissions one hour before closing.
The Toronto Zoo is open year round (except Dec. 25th).
ADMISSION FEESGeneral Admission (13-64 incl): $20
Seniors (65+): $15
Children (3-12): $11
Children (2 and under): FREE
Prices include tax as applicable
Parking is $10

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