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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Halloween fun at the Toronto Zoo

Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19 &
Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

It's time to get out your Halloween costumes and head out to the Toronto Zoo! All kids are eligible to take part in our "Critters and Costumes Parade" at 11:40 am and 2:40 pm daily, departing from the Waterside Theatre. Also on hand for the Boo fun is My Little Pony who will be at the Zoo's Courtyard Stage for meet and greets from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (first come first served). Kids can also drop by the Play-Doh Play Centre next to the Courtyard Stage to create their very own Zoo animal or Halloween creation. Plus, the Jelly Belly Team will share Jelly Belly beans with families upon exit (while supplies last)! Best of all, up to two kids in costume (12 and under) get in FREE when accompanied by an adult.
Keeper talks, pumpkins and animals oh my! Check out Zoo animals receiving enrichment  pumpkins throughout the day!
Saturday October 25th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Not all is as it appears in the wild and more often than not, wildlife does whatever it can to disguise and deceive. Tricksters and charlatans have honed their abilities to become experts in camouflage, misleading and distraction. Indeed, to survive, many plants and animals play their part in nature's great masquerade. Bring your best mask and join us for an illusionary evening of as we explore this world at our very own animal inspired masquerade party!
The program includes a special animal visitor, an interactive presentation, and a deceptively delicious dinner experience.COST (per adult):
$65 Zoo Member, $120 Zoo Members Couple
$75 Non-Member, $140 Non-Members Couple

Thursday, October 30th
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Join us as the sun goes down on the Zoo for an exciting evening of wolves! Through a short presentation learn more about the unique characteristics of these creatures, how they get their "special positions" in a pack and how they communicate through howling. Then join us for a moonlight hike to their home in Tundra Trek and attempt to "communicate" with our wolves. This night will leave you howling with excitement!

The program includes a presentation and special evening tour to meet our wolf pack.
COST (per person): $10 Member, $15 Non-Member

Did you know that more than 22,000 species are at risk of extinction in 2014 alone? And that more species are at risk than ever before? Our Curator of Reproductive Programs and Research, Gabriela Mastromonaco, recently spoke at the TEDx talk here in Toronto about the important work she does here at the Zoo to help preserve threatened and endangered species.

To learn more about how Zoo’s have taken on an important role for the threat of extinction, using reproductive technology to save species from Africa, Asia and right here in Canada, just CLICK HERE!

Massasauga Rattlesnake Rescue!

The veterinarians and keepers in the Wildlife Health Centre are currently caring for a severely injured female Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake from Killbear Provincial Park. This wild snake, named Robin, had been monitored by Killbear staff since 2005 who noticed this year that she was unable to move the lower half of her body.  After Toronto Zoo veterinarians assessed her, it was determined she suffered trauma to her spine likely caused by being run over by a bicycle. While x-rays indicated her spinal column was broken, she currently still retains some limited ability to move. Zoo staff will continue to offer supporting treatment and monitor her closely in the Wildlife Health Centre these next few months, in hopes she might regain more use of the back of her body. Although she will never be mobile enough to survive in the wild, we are hopeful she will recover enough to live a productive life here at the Toronto Zoo and join the Species Survival Plan for this threatened species.

Robin within our Wildlife Health Centre
An X-Ray Taken By Toronto Zoo Staff
Click here to learn more about the work Toronto Zoo is doing to save and protect Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes.

Vote For Project "Operation Zoo Field Trip: Exploring Nature's Classroom
The Toronto Zoo is eligible to receive funding for an Aviva Community Grant and you help!
Voting for this initiative will help bring students from disadvantaged communities to the Toronoto Zoo so they can experience wildlife and the benefits
 offered through our natural classroom. 

VOTE NOW through October 13, 2014!

Friday, October 17 through Friday, October 31
Panda Interpretive Centre
Artists and candy-lovers unite! From October 17 - October 31 come and see a sweet Giant Panda portrait in the Zoo's Panda Interpretive Centre made out of none other than.... 11,000 Jelly Belly jelly beans! This cuddly bear is munching on a bamboo stick made of Lime, Green Apple and Watermelon Jelly Belly jelly beans. Our Giant Panda comes to life with Coconut, Cream Soda, Liquorice and Plum Jelly Belly beans. The creation of the portrait was broadcast live on the internet from the Jelly Belly Visitor Centre in California to celebrate National Jelly Bean Day 2014 with fans around the world.

Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19, 2014
African Savanna - Giraffe Exhibit 11:00am to 3:00pm

Join us in celebrating Mstari the Masai giraffe calf's 1st birthday here at the Toronto Zoo! Festivities will include special keeper talks, and the chance to participate in fun activities, and don't forget to bring a special birthday card just for Mstari!
If you wish to give Mstari a birthday gift why not support the Toronto Zoo and Masai Giraffe conservation efforts by making a donation - CLICK HERE
Birthday Celebration:
11:00am to 3:00pm Card Collection.
2:00 pm Giraffe Keeper Talk with special birthday treat for Mstari
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Waterside Theatre, Ceremony begins promptly at 10:55 am.
Veterans and the general public are invited to join in remembering and honouring the many wartime sacrifices that Canadians have made for their country. Admission for veterans and all guests attending the ceremony is free from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. The year round parking fee will be in effect except for VIP's, Veterans in uniform or with medals, crests or other military affiliation insignia, as well as any other persons in uniform, including serving members of the armed forces, police, fire, ambulance and TTC.

*Please note all events subject to change without notice.

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Current Zoo Hours:
 9:30 am to 4:30pm, Weekdays
9:30am to 6:00pm, Weekends/Holidays
Last admission's one hour before closing.
The Toronto Zoo is open year round (except Dec. 25th).

General Admission (13-64): $28
Seniors (65+): $23
Children (3-12): $18
Children (2 and under): FREE

Members: FREE
Prices include tax as applicable
Parking is $10 year round
Events and admission prices subject to change without notice.
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