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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Get out and get wild at the Toronto Zoo

Now through Sunday, January 4th
The kids are on holiday break so why not enjoy some family time at the Toronto Zoo. With over 10K of scenic walking trails, indoor and exotic pavilions, animal encounters and more the Toronto Zoo is the place to be this holiday season! Join us for:
  • Daily animal encounters in our Panda Interpretive Centre at 11am and 2pm*
  • Visit our new indoor giraffe house,
  • Meet our new penguin chicks,
  • Check out the newly opened Eurasia Wilds
Happy Holidays from our WILD family to yours!
Please note that our penguin chicks may be off exhibit periodically due to feeding time, check ups and swimming lessons. Yes, it is true - penguin chicks need to learn how to swim!
CLICK HERE to see video of the Zoo's African Baby Penguins!
*Subject to change without notice

The Toronto Zoo's Top 14 Success Stories of 2014    

1)     It's A Girl! Female Western lowland gorilla born January 10th.

2)     Bob the Sloth Superstar - Bob the two-toed sloth garners international media attention with his accurate prediction of the winner of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

3)     FIRST Canadian Burmese Star Tortoise Hatched!  After an extensively monitored 135 day incubation period, a Burmese star tortoise hatched on June 6. This was the first hatching of a Burmese star tortoise in Canada.

4)     Blanding's Turtles Reintroduced to the Wild for FIRST TIME - Toronto Zoo, Parks Canada, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and Earth Rangers, reintroduced 10 baby Blanding's turtles - a provincially and nationally threatened species - to a pond in the future Rouge National Urban Park marking the first reintroduction of its kind in the Greater Toronto Area and marking a significant step in 15 years of turtle monitoring and research in the Rouge Valley.

5)      Toronto Zoo receives LARGEST Single Donation! $2 million donation to Toronto Zoo from the estate of Mary Millard making it the single largest donation in the Zoo’s 40 year history.

6)      NEW Wildlife Health Centre - New state of the art Wildlife Health Centre to begin construction after approvals given by Toronto Zoo Board of Management and Toronto City Council.

7)     CUTE ALERT! Two bison calves, were successfully born through artificial insemination on July 2, 2014 and July 5, 2014. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Toronto Zoo has had wood bison calves born through artificial insemination, as part of an ongoing research program with our collaborators at the University of Saskatchewan and Parks Canada.

8)     Canadian Pride - Parks Canada and Toronto Zoo team up special March Break activities to educate visitors on how they are working together to help save many native Canadian species, and how visitors can contribute to the protection and recovery of these animals and their habitats.

9)     Massasauga Success! Three massasauga rattlesnakes born on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The three massasauga rattlesnakes joined the current managed population of massasauga's at the Toronto Zoo and may contribute their valuable genetic lineage to enhance the health of other assurance populations.  The Zoo’s massasauga rattlesnakes are part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP) conservation and breeding program that began in 2006 as a result of concerns over the decline of the massasauga rattlesnake population in Canada and in the United States where it is listed as Endangered, Threatened or Special Concern.

10)     Microsoft Canada Software DonationMicrosoft Canada donates $2 million in software to support of Engaging Youth in Conservation.

11)         Zoo Staff Make Rare Find In Madagascar!  Toronto Zoo Wildlife Care Keeper has another successful field season in Madagascar working with Malagasy partners on an important fisheries conservation project to establish sustainable populations of endangered fish in the wild. This is the fourth field season to study freshwater fishes as a joint venture between Malagasy partners, Zoological Society of London and Dr. Paul Loiselle, Emeritus Curator of Freshwater Fishes, New York Aquarium. The Toronto Zoo has been part of a conservation program for Madagascar fishes since 2004. The extremely rare Ptychochromis insolitus, a small perch-like fish, was a main focus this year. Originally thought to be extinct, this fish was collected during the 2013 field season and was confirmed by Tim, this year, to be breeding in a protected Madagascar conservation facility.

12)        40 Days of 40 Animals! Leading up to the Zoo’s 40th anniversary celebrations on August 15, 2014, the Toronto Zoo hosted a 40 days of 40 animals countdown to highlight 40 unique species and the work the Zoo is doing to contribute to their ongoing survival.

13)       MOON FESTIVAL GALA - Toronto Zoo Board of Management and Consul General for the People’s Republic of China in Toronto co-host Moon Festival Gala sponsored by RBC Financial, Manulife and Chinese Fujian Enterprise Association to benefit the Giant Panda Conservation Fund.

14)       NEW FUNDRAISER - Toronto Zoo hosts a new fundraiser with Canada Running Series – Move your Paws for the Polar Bear Cause to raise money for polar bear conservation.

 Thank you for your interest and continuous support of our conservation and education programs that help wildlife and their natural habitats, special events and more.

 We look forward to seeing you in 2015!

The Toronto Zoo is open 364 days a year and is the destination for winter adventure! With our interactive map, planning your winter escape has never been easier. Scroll over each animal exhibit and pavilion to plan your trip today. The Toronto Zoo has so much to offer, even in the cold, including six warm tropical pavilions full of exotic animals at every turn, daily keeper talks and 10 km of scenic winter trails.


Celebrating 40 Years Of Saving And Protecting Species. 
9:30am to 4:30pm
Last admission's one hour before closing.
The Toronto Zoo is open year round (except Dec. 25th).
General Admission (13-64): $23
Seniors (65+): $18
Children (3-12): $14
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.
For general information visit torontozoo.com.
Toronto Zoo is accredited by CAZA (Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums). Look for this logo whenever you visit a Canadian zoo as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. For more information, visit caza.ca.

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