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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Exclusive evening at the Toronto Zoo with the giant pandas at Seafood For Thought

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature
The Toronto Zoo is very excited to once again be hosting Seafood for Thought - A 
Sumptuous Sustainable Seafood Fundraiser on Thursday, June 20, 2013. It's an engaging
 and elegant way to discover how your choices protect the health of soil, water, and ocean
 wildlife. Seafood for Thought TM is a celebration of sumptuous sustainable seafood prepared
 by some of Toronto's top chefs! A truly elegant way to learn about how making sustainable 
healthy seafood choices can assure a future with abundant ocean wildlife! Delicious seafood 
tastings prepared by talented chefs, wine and beer pairings, great music and WILD animal encounters.
Saturday, June 8
The world's oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth's surface and contain approximately 80% of all life on Earth! Join the Toronto Zoo along with others around the world for a creative and fun way to celebrate World Oceans Day and our connection to the sea. Visit our exhibits and special displays that highlight the astonishing diversity of life that exists within our seas!
Sunday, June 16
Why not bring Dad for a day at the Zoo and meet some of our WILD Dads including Brutus (Capybara), Inukshuk (polar bear) and Bucky (babirusa)!


The wait is finally over...The Giant Panda Experience is NOW OPEN!

The Toronto Zoo is very pleased to annouce that the Giant Panda Experince, the new home of Er Shun and Da Mao, is now open. Before you get up close to our adortable new giant panda pair, you will have the chance to take in the new, state-of-the-art Panda Interpretive Centre. This is climate controlled centre will feature many interpretive and interactive elements for visitors to enjoy year round. Interpretive themes will include Eating Bamboo, Threats to Giant Pandas and Saving Giant Pandas.
The best way to throw yourself into the Zoo experience is to join our family. As Zoo members, you and your own family will enjoy year round access to more than 5,000 animals and 237 hectares of adventure. Not to mention the thrill of helping us protect wildlife. How easy is that? PLUS, Members are granted early entrance into the Zoo at 8:00am to view the Giant Panda Experience AND Panda Interpretive Centre! Enjoy the Zoo and all the many benefits your membership has to offer and so much more including the Zoomobile, Gorilla Ropes Course, camel rides and Splash Island!

Giant Pandas Bamboo Diet - Jaap Wensvoort, Nutritionist Toronto Zoo

Giant Pandas are very picky eaters and this behaviour varies a lot, there is no useful average figure available. In the wild they switch bamboo species and feed in different areas at different times in the same bamboo growth. The amount of rejected bamboo can be at 100% but it can also be less than 50%.
We like the pandas to ingest 10-15 kg per animal per day and therefore offer them at least 50 kg per day. Therefore we assume an intake of minimal 20 % and maximal 30%. We offer different species and check which they like best and for next delivery order more of the (at the time) most preferred bamboo. Unfortunately, the next day all can change. We follow their bamboo intake and excrement output on a daily basis and adjust accordingly. 
Bear Necessities: Ice, Food, Cubs - Vote Now!
The Toronto Zoo is proud to be selected as one of the project's in Shell's FuellingChange Initiative and YOU can help!
Polar Bears are a critically endangered species, with only 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears in the wild and 60% of them are in Canada! In the running to win $100,000 , the Bear Necessities project will support this iconic Canadian species through Toronto Zoo's conservation, education and research programs.
Voting is easy, just CLICK HERE
 and register for a free account and vote for Bear Necessities: Ice, Food, Cubs .
Proud parents "Lucy" (mom) and  "Stephane" (dad) are "snorting" with delight as they welcome three new additions! First time mom "Lucy" gave birth to three warthog piglets on April 14th, 2013 and is doing a terrific job taking care of them.
"Stephane" is not with Mom and the piglets yet as they will be introduced later on when they are a bit older. Visit the newest additions to the Toronto Zoo in the African Savanna.

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: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, daily. Last admissions one hour before closing.
The Toronto Zoo is open year round (except Dec. 25th).
ADMISSION FEESGeneral Admission (13-64 incl): $28
Seniors (65+): $23
Children (3-12): $18
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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