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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Polar Bear Cause, walk and run set for the Toronto Zoo on Feb. 22


Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature - Thursday, 2014-01-23
Saturday, February 22, 2014 
Join the cause and walk or run in support of our polar bear family, including our new cub!

Open to all runners, walkers and fitness folk of all ages and abilities. Bundle up and bring the whole family for a day of outdoor fun, fitness and fundraising. All proceeds raised from the event go towards Polar Bear Conservation! For online entry, pledge forms and further information and start times go to CanadaRunningSeries.com. Please note registration includes admission for the day, non-transferable. Parking is $10.
CLICK HERE and register today!
Event beverages supplied by Coca-Cola.
Toronto Zoo saves and protects animals and their habitats at home and abroad.

Friday February 14 or Saturday February 15, 2014, 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Our Valentine's Program includes a romantically inspired dinner, special animal encounter, an interactive group presentation and a tour of the Reproductive Labs led by our Reproductive Specialist Team! Please note this is a registered event.

CHOCOLATES ARE SO YESTERDAY...
A Polar Bear "Valentine" Adopt An Animal package says that you're WILD about your sweetheart - and lasts all year! Why not give a unique gift by "adopting" an animal for the special person in your life? Your WILD Valentine will become a Zoo "parent" and receive an "Adoption" certificate, a photo of the chosen animal and more! CLICK HERE for more information!


PENGUINS WITHOUT BORDERS:
Photo Credit: Toronto Zoo
On December 7, 2013, the Toronto Zoo welcomed seven students who are visiting Canada through a program called "Penguins Without Borders", a collaboration between the Canadian and Chilean Governments.  The name Penguins Without Borders originated from the black and white uniforms that the students wear, resembling their avian counterparts and, currently, there are a total of 40 students visiting Canadian secondary schools.
The seven students, who are studying for one semester in the Toronto Catholic District School Board, had the unique opportunity to visit the Toronto Zoo, were treated to a VIP encounter with the endangered African penguin Wildlife Care Team.   The students learned about the biology of these rare birds as well as the efforts the Zoo is giving to help conserve them.  The Toronto Zoo is home to 19 African penguins, which are part of the Association of Zoo's and Aquarium's (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) breeding program.
Loss of suitable breeding ground, competition from commercial fishing, egg collection and the other environmental factors such as oil spills have all contributed to a rapid decline in population. The wild population has dropped 95% in 100 years. Recent estimates have been as low as 50,000 birds in the wild. Since their arrival in 2011, the Zoo has successfully bred eight penguin chicks, which will form part of the Zoo's penguin colony and conservation breeding program.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
Sunday, February 2, 2014, 10:00am to 4:00pm Americas Pavillion  
While polar bears are enjoying the winter weather, ever wondered where wetland creatures go in the winter? Come celebrate the amazing world of wetland wildlife underneath the ice, and join in some conservation fun with the Adopt-A-Pond Programme on World Wetlands Day!
Saturday, February 15 to Monday February 17, 2014
11:00am to 3:00pm Daily - Caribou Cafe Patio and Tundra Trek
February is Polar Bear Month at the Toronto Zoo - and what better way to celebrate than with our very own POLAR BEAR FEST! We need your help in saving polar bears more than ever, so come out and participate in fun and educational activities that will inform, raise awareness and support this iconic and vulnerable Canadian species. The weekend festivities include special Meet-the-Keeper Polar Bear Talks, polar bears photobombing the Zoo's Panda Interpretive Centre, children's activities and crafts, draws for great prizes, and more!

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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Current Zoo Hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, daily.
 Last admissions one hour before closing.
The Toronto Zoo is open year round (except Dec. 25th).
ADMISSION FEES
General Admission (13-64 incl): $23
Seniors (65+): $18
Children (3-12): $14
Children (2 and under): FREE
Prices include tax as applicable
Parking is $10
For more information, contact Lesley Dean at (416) 392-5939.
Events and admission prices subject to change without notice.
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