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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Celebrate Polar Bear Month at the Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature - Thursday, 2014-02-06
February is Polar Bear Month at the Toronto Zoo. During February visitors will have a chance to see, first hand, the important work we do in saving and protecting polar bears and their environment. Join us for Polar Bear Fest February 15th to 17th and move your paws in support of the polar bears at our new walk/run event on February 22nd. While on site you can visit our polar bear family- Aurora and Nikita- and learn about how you can help protect them and their habitats.
Saving species requires support from not only our visitors but special partners including Polar Bears International and Acres for Atmosphere. Toronto Zoo has been a proud partner of Polar Bears International (PBI) for almost seven years and zoo. Staff regularly attend the annual Leadership Camp where they work directly in the field and are able to bring back knowledge that we can not only apply to our existing action plans but also educate staff, volunteers, visitors and school groups. Another partnered program, Acres for the Atmosphere,  is a zookeeper initiated program created to raise awareness of the need for immediate action to help protect not only the polar bear but all species who are affected by CO2. The programs goals are to increase carbon sequestration by greening areas with vegetative plants or trees within your local community, decrease CO2 emissions and raise community awareness and instill a sense of pride and ownership to help inspire others to join the motion.
Your local Acres for the Atmosphere team has had great success thanks to their sponsoring company and team member Symcor. With everyone's hard work and dedication the Toronto branch of Acres for the Atmosphere completed their fourth planting on the Toronto Zoo site. This brings the total number of trees and plants that now call your community home to an amazing 2,376!
“Bundle Up For Polar Bears”
The Zoo’s "Bundle Up For Polar Bears" initiative where we invite families, individuals, schools and businesses to join the Zoo in bundling up by putting on your favourite sweater, hoodie, or jacket and turning down your thermostat by two degrees between February 24th and 28th. Whether you’re able to participate in one or all five days we hope that you’ll join us to do your part in ‘keeping it cool’!   Register by emailing us at bundleup@torontozoo.ca so we can log your participation.
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.

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!

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! 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!
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.


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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).
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.

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