Happy 2014! Toronto Zoo is one of the most influential and innovative education facilities in Canada. The Toronto Zoo offers a great line up of fun-filled programs throughout the year.Whether it's a week at summer day camp, sleeping under the stars at Serengeti Bush Camp, or one of our exciting daytime or evening programs, learning just comes naturally at the Toronto Zoo! In addition to the programs we also offer a variety of educational resources, interpretive graphics/displays, guided tours and outreach, plus volunteer opportunities!
And it's never too early to start planning and get ready for some Zoo-pendous experiences.
Frozen Fridays at the Toronto Zoo!
Every Friday until August 29, 2014
Join us as the grizzlies, African penguins, polar bears and Sumatran tigers receive a special frozen treat every Friday this summer. Keepers will be on hand to meet with our visitors and answer questions about the importance of these four animals, how the zoo is helping to save and protect them and why the Toronto Zoo offers our animals frozen treats as part of our Enrichment Program. Each session is approximately 20 minutes in length and free with admission.
Grizzlies - Canadian Domain 1:00pm to 1:20pm
African penguins - African Savanna 12:30pm to 12:50pm
Polar bears - Tundra Trek 3:00pm to 3:20pm
Sumatran tigers - Indo-Malaya 2:30pm to 2:50pm
Parks Canada and Toronto Zoo Summer Programming
Only until Saturday, August 30, 2014
10:00 am to 5:00 pm, daily
This summer the Toronto Zoo and Parks Canada are working together to protect wildlife and have joined forces to help educate our visitors on Canadian wilderness, heritage, biodiversity and culture. Until Saturday, August 30th, Parks Canada staff will be on site in various locations throughout the Zoo site engaging visitors within the natural environment of Canada's premier zoo...Full event listing
LEGO CHIMA Fire Chi Challenge
The heroes of CHIMA have been frozen in ice and need to be rescued by YOU. Visit the Toronto Zoo on August 22nd and 23rd to take part in the LEGO CHIMA Fire Chi Challenge! Download the power of Fire CHI to your phone and join the hunt to save Laval, Eris and Cragger from their icy tombs. Learn more about the new CHIMA adventures coming this September. Get a head start on the competition and go to Legoplay.ca for more information on how to download the LEGO Fire CHI Challenge app before your trip to the zoo.
Toronto Zoo's Annual Orangutan Awareness Weekend
Saturday, August 23 & Sunday, August 24, 2014
Conservation Connection Centre, 11:00am to 4:00pm
Did you know? The Toronto Zoo isn't just the only Zoo in Canada to have Giant pandas but we also have Sumatran orangutans! Check out our special orangutan enrichment interpretive station, artifacts, and artwork painted by one of our talented orangutans. Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered with the wild population experiencing habitat loss of 80% half of that in the last 20 years caused by palm oil cultivation, logging and mining. Join us in the Indo-Malaya Pavilion for a special Orangutan Keeper Talk at 1:00 pm daily and find out how YOU can commit to conservation efforts to help the extremely endangered Sumatran orangutans at home and abroad.
Walk for the Children
Sunday, August 24
Registration 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Event Activities run until 3:00 pm
Now in its fourth year, Walk for the Children is a great day for families to spend time together and help raise significant funds for children in need of life-saving surgeries. Participants enjoy a day at the Toronto Zoo, trekking along a scenic 5K route. Stations are set up along the way where children can have their "explorer passport" stamped adding to the sense of adventure. The walk concludes at the Savanna picnic site with a BBQ lunch and children's entertainment, games and activities. All proceeds from this event go to the Herbie Fund. The Herbie Fund's mission is to bring children from around the world to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) for life-saving or life-altering surgeries - surgeries that are not available to them in their home countries because of high costs and lack of medical expertise. Since its inception in 1979, Herbie Fund has changed the lives of more than 700 children from over 100 countries around the world. To register and begin fundraising, or for more information, visit www.herbiefund.com/wftc.asp
Premier Salon's Cut. Style. Save For The Toronto Zoo.
Sunday, August 24
Event cancelled due to low registration. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you still wish to donate to the Toronto Zoo please visit www.torontozoo.com/SupportTheZoo/.
International Vulture Awareness Day
Saturday, August 30
Discovery Zone Courtyard & African Savanna 11:00am to 4:00pm
Did you know turkey vultures find their food using their sense of smell? Did you know that vultures poop on their legs to cool themselves? Did you know that vultures can soar for six hours without flapping their wings? Want to learn more cool facts? Come to the zoo on August 30th for the Fourth Annual International Vulture Awareness Day and see firsthand how the Toronto Zoo is helping vultures in the wild. PLUS compare your arm span to the wing span of a vultures and be sure to bring a camera so you can show the difference to your family and friends! Remember, bald is beautiful!
Come celebrate Da Mao's 6th "Bear-thday"
Monday, September 1
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Da Mao, Canada's only male giant panda, is turning six years old and we want you to help us celebrate! Join us for panda birthday activities in the Wildlife Marquee located in the Discovery Zone. The birthday fun takes place on 2014-09-01 from 11am to 3pm and is FREE with admission. Anyone who shares Da Mao's September 1st birthday will receive complimentary admission* that day.
Visitors can come out and make their own panda mask for Da Mao's "bear-thday". To help make Da Mao feel special on his second Canadian Birthday why not bring him a special birthday card or stop by and help decorate his exhibit! Visitors can participate in panda interpretive stations where there will be fun, interactive and educational activities. Stop by our gift shops to purchase Da Mao plush for 40% off! Our panda mascots will also be on hand for a fun birthday themed photo op so bring your camera!
*Must present proof of date of birth to receive complimentary admission. No cash value.
World Rhino Weekend
Saturday, September 6 & Sunday, September 7, 2014
White Rhino Exhibit and Indian Rhino Exhibit, 11:00am to 4:00pm
All over the world, zoos and conservation organizations will unite during the month of September to celebrate these amazing pachyderms! Rhinos are in desperate need of our help as poaching of this magnificent species is on the rise. Did you know that the rhino faces the threat of extinction? This year alone over 600 rhinos have been poached; that is three rhinos a day! The Toronto Zoo has two of the five species of rhinos that exist on the planet and their wild cousins need our help. Join us and find what the Toronto Zoo is doing to help save and protect these magnificant species, learn about rhinos and their habitats and their role in their environments and take in a special Keeper Talk at 12:00pm and 2:00pm (Indian Rhino) and 1:00pm and 4:00pm (White Rhino).
Senior's Day 50% Off Admission!
Monday, September 8, 2014
9:30am to 4:30pm
The Toronto Zoo loves Seniors, so on September 8th Seniors, 65+, will receive 50% off admission (NEW) and one Zoomobile ride all day pass, 10% off at the our Zootique and Panda Shops and 50% off Toronto Zoo a One Year Senior Membership*. SAVE NOW and apply today's gate admission towards a NEW one-year Senior membership! Seniors can purchase, at Peacock Café, a sandwich and a small coffee or tea for only $3.99 plus tax! While here don't forget to visit our Panda Interpretive Centre as well as Er Shun and Da Mao our two adorable giant panda pair! Please note that the first Zoomobile departs from the main front entrance station at 9:45am and the last Zoomobile of the day departs at 4:00pm. Event subject to change without notice.
*Discount applies to the ONE-YEAR senior membership categories (Senior & Senior Couple) memberships only, valid for in-person/on-site sale only AND valid only on Senior's Day, Monday, September 8, 2014. No rain checks, not valid for TWO-YEAR memberships, discount not applicable on annual parking. Event subject to change without notice.
Oasis ZooRun 10K and 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Our annual fundraiser run/walk for the Zoo! Open to all runners, walkers, and fitness folk of all ages and abilities. Bring the whole family for a day of fitness, fun and fundraising. Support the Toronto Zoo and invite your friends, family and colleagues to pledge a runner! For online entry, fundraising and event details go please visit the Oasis Zoo Run website.
International Red Panda Day
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Red Panda Exhibit, Eurasia
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Did you know the red panda is the original panda and was discovered almost 50 years before the giant panda? Learn all about these amazing and endangered creatures and meet our red pandas! Don't miss a special meet-the-keeper talk plus enrichment feeding at 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm and bid on fun prizes in a panda-themed silent auction. All proceeds support the Red Panda Network, an organization committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat.
RUNNING AND WALKING ALONGSIDE GIANT PANDAS, LIONS AND POLAR BEARS IN SUPPORT OF THE BREAST CANCER CAUSE!
Sunday, October 5th
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure launches new run site at the Toronto Zoo! The first-ever Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure at the Toronto Zoo promises to be an exciting, powerful and unforgettable experience for everybody involved. Runners and walkers can make a wild day of it with over 5,000 animals, the only giant pandas in Canada, lots of zoo babies and more! So, grab your runners and strollers and don't forget to sport your finest flamingo pink attire!
This new partnership between the CIBC Run for the Cure and the Toronto Zoo is exciting and very fitting! The CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single day event in support of breast cancer research, health education and advocacy programs. The Toronto Zoo is celebrating 40 years of saving and protecting species. We look forward to seeing everyone on October 5th!
Register today@ www.CIBCrunforthecure.com
*Please note all events subject to change without notice.