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Friday, April 12, 2013

Year of the Snake marked by the Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature - Wednesday, 2013-04-10
Sunday, April 20, 2013
10:00 am to 2:30 pm, Administrative Boardroom
Each year, the Toronto Zoo hosts rattlesnake workshops for the people who share habitat with rattlesnakes
near their homes and cottages, and where they work and play. Discussions about the natural history of
 rattlesnakes will be followed by ample opportunity to ask questions. Learn how to identify the 
Massasauga Rattlesnake and meet a live rattlesnake. Space is limited. Please note that the program 
length may be too long for children under eight years of age. For a $5 donation: snacks, lots of fun,
 resources to take home and time to visit our interactive Massasauga area on the Zoo site. To register
 or for more information please email alentini@torontozoo.ca.
*Please note this is a registered event 
Join us as we celebrate the 2013 Chinese New Year - Year of the Snake! Visit some of our fascinating
 snakes in our indoor tropical pavilions and learn more about these amazing creatures!
Saturday, April 20 and Sunday April 21
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Zoo is hosting the premier Earth Day® event in the GTA - what better place to celebrate Earth Day than at the Zoo to learn about ways that YOU can be an ambassador for living in a more environmentally friendly way. Meet the Zoo's recycling dynamic duo, Henry and Douale, and enjoy extra keeper talks at the polar bears. Join us at the new Tundra Trek area for a fun-filled day of conservation and education!
Saturday, April 20
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Toronto Zoo Front Entrance
Toronto Zoo is pleased to partner with RainBarrel.ca to offer rain barrels to staff and visitors at a special reduced rate! A rain barrel is a water tank which is used to collect and store rain water for reuse, such as watering gardens. Register your order at RainBarrel.ca/TorontoZoo today!
Sunday, April 21
ATTENTION ALL TEACHERS! Discover how we can make your class visit a memorable educational experience. On Sunday, April 21, 2013, the Toronto Zoo will be providing free admission to teachers plus one guest. Visit our educational booths in the main courtyard to learn about our school programs, resources, and upcoming events at the Zoo. A current Ontario College of Teachers card or a Teachers Federation Card is required.
Luma Presents: A Sustainable Evening with Ocean Wise and Mission Hill:
On Sunday, April 14th, Chef Jason Bangerter is proud to be hosting a five-course tasting dinner at Luma, featuring seafood from Organic Ocean and wines from Mission Hill.
In addition to enjoying a stunning menu of sustainably caught seafood, guests will get to hear from fisherman Steve Johansen himself about the importance of environmentally responsible fishing practices. Robin Poirier of Ocean Wise will also speak to her organization's passion for changing the way people think about what they are eating.
While issues of sustainability have always interested Chef Jason, he feels that getting the message out is more urgent than ever. "Once the oceans are depleted, there is no going back. This is not just about feeling good about the environment, it is about realizing that what we have on this planet is finite, and if we do not take care of it, we all miss out. I want my kids to be able to enjoy the dishes I ate when I was little. If that means making smart choices, and thinking about where my food comes from, then I think we all need to get onboard, if you will."
CLICK HERE for tickets to this not-to-be-missed event! Seating is limited.
The Toronto Zoo is excited to host the annual gathering of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA), taking place from April 14 - 19th at the Delta Chelsea hotel in Toronto! The ABMA is a non-profit organization comprised of animal care professionals interested in enhancing the welfare of captive animals through positive training methods and environmental enrichment, a behaviour management technique that allows animals to express natural behaviours. The conference includes exciting presentations, such as a Keynote Address by Ian Stirling of Polar Bears International and talks by training guru Ken Ramirez, interactive workshops, a full-day site visit at the Toronto Zoo and fun networking events like a 'Sharkwater' Movie Night and a very Canadian evening at the Hockey Hall of Fame. So, whether you're a zookeeper, horse trainer, pet owner or animal enthusiast, join us as we celebrate 'Behaviours without Borders', and learn positive and successful behaviour management plans for any species.
Photo Credit: Toronto Zoo
The most distinguishable feature of the Massasauga Rattlesnake is the stubby rattle on the end of its tail. This rattle is composed of loosely attached horny segments that strike against each other to produce a buzzing sound when the tail is vibrated rapidly. Learn more about these snakes at the Massasauga  Rattlesnake workshop on Saturday, April 20. Click here for more information. 

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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.
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
For more information, contact Lesley Dean at (416) 392-5939.

Events and admission prices subject to change without notice.
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