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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Supporting the polar bears and other critters at the Toronto Zoo

1K & 5K WALK/RUN Presented by Toronto Zoo and Canada Running Series
Photo Credit: Toronto Zoo
Join the cause and move YOUR paws to help one of the world's most vulnerable species! Support our polar bear family!

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! Support the Toronto Zoo and polar bears and invite your friends, family and colleagues to pledge a participant. 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 an additional fee ($12)

Remember, all proceeds from the Move Your Paws for the Polar Bear Cause Walk/Run will support the Toronto Zoo’s conservation, education and research activities with polar bears. 
The Toronto Zoo is celebrating International Polar Bear Day by inviting you to “Bundle Up For Polar Bears!” Bundle up in your warmest sweater, socks, and toque for the week and take part in the Thermostat Challenge by turning down your thermostat by two degrees between Saturday, February 20 and Friday, February 26, 2016. The challenge aims to reduce our CO2 emissions and raise awareness about how our daily actions are contributing to climate change and impacting polar bears through the melting of the Arctic sea ice. Together, we can make a difference!
Photo Credit: Jim Skene/Toronto Zoo

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Free with Zoo admission
Celebrate International Polar Bear Day and show your love for polar bears by joining us at our very ‘cool’ Polar Bear Festival. Visitors will be able to take part in fun and educational activities that help raise awareness and support this threatened Canadian species.  Polar Bear Fest includes polar bear themed children’s activities and crafts (indoors!), silent auction with a chance to win a special behind the scenes tour for four people, and much more!

Special Presentation:
Conserving the Polar Bear (*Pre-registration required)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Education Auditorium
$5 per Member, $8 per Non-Member plus General Admission fee   
*proceeds will support polar bear conservation.

Join us for a special presentation to meet two of our very own polar bear keepers as they share stories of the Zoo’s family of polar bears, the importance of enrichment, their experiences in Churchill, and how the Zoo is helping to support polar bear conservation in the wild. Following the Toronto Zoo's keeper presentation, Luana Sciullo, from York University will share her exciting research on wild polar bears which investigates their success at finding food in relation to environmental change in Canada’s Arctic.

PLUS, those who register to attend this presentation will have an exclusive opportunity to win a special Meet-the-Keeper experience for themselves and one guest at the Zoo’s polar bear exhibit!

Limited space is available! 
Photo Credit: Toronto Zoo

On Sunday, January 31, 2016 students from local schools in the Greater Toronto Area will partner with the Toronto Zoo’s Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme and EcoSpark to present the Greenbelt Youth Charter to zoo members and visitors, sharing important messages about how Ontario’s Greenbelt helps to protect our wetlands, clean our water, and provide essential habitat for a wide variety of Ontario’s native species. The students will garner support from people of all ages to sign the Charter and express their support to have youth heard by politicians when it comes to the protection of this incredibly important landscape. Alongside Toronto Zoo and EcoSpark staff, the students will run hands-on activities to help Toronto Zoo visitors take action to protect wetlands and wildlife in their own communities.

Join us in the Americas Pavilion at the Toronto Zoo on Sunday, January 31, 2016 and learn how to create non-toxic household cleaners, build a frog habitat for your own backyard, or sign up to become a member of Toronto Zoo’s Frog Watch or Turtle Tally teams!

9:30am - 4:30pm, daily
 Last admission 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 $12 year round

Events and admission prices subject to change without notice.

For general information visit
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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