Springfree Trampoline Presents: Jump with Canada's Gold Medallist Rosie MacLennan at the Toronto Zoo!
Saturday, August 25
Meet Canada's Trampoline Team and Springfree Ambassadors: 2012 Olympic Gold medallist Rosie MacLennan, three-time Olympic medallist Karen Cockburn and 2008 Olympic Silver medallist Jason Burnett.
Springfree Trampoline will have two trampolines set up for jumping at the entrance to the zoo from 9:30am - 5:00pm. The Canadian Trampoline Team will be signing autographs, taking pictures and doing demonstrations from 1:00pm to 4:00pm!
Bring your camera and get ready to jump with Canada's Trampoline Team!
Below are but a few of our WILD Olympic Stars here at the Toronto Zoo!
Get your running shoes on and make a mad dash over to the Toronto Zoo and check out our amazing animal athletes who would give the Olympians in London a run for their medals.
100 Meter Run/Sprint
Favorite to take the GOLD
The cheetah is the fastest land living animal in the world! It can run up to speeds of 112 to 120km per hour over short distances. Not even Usain "Lightning" Bolt, the fastest man on earth, can outrun a cheetah. So come on over to the Toronto Zoo and check out our own Speedy Star at the African Savanna!
Favorite to reach the sky
The Western Grey Kangaroo
The kangaroo would reign supreme in the High Jump Competition at the Summer Olympics. With the help of its powerful long legs, a kangaroo can easily jump up to a height of three meters, which is well above the current world record. So hop your way to the Toronto Zoo and check out the kangaroos bouncing around in the Aussie Walkabout!
Favorite to Leap into First Place
The Sumatran Tiger
The Sumatran tiger is our candidate for the long jump. It has incredibly strong legs and large paws that help it maintain its speed and momentum, while leaping up to 20 to 30 feet across the ground. This ferocious feline can be found prowling about in the Indo-Malaya Pavilion.
Favorites to outlast the Competition
The Ostrich and the Polar Bear
The marathon is one of the most physically challenging competitions in the Summer Olympics. In order to prevail at the marathon, an athlete requires a great amount of endurance. Many animals in the animal kingdom require a lot of endurance just for survival. With the help of its powerful legs coupled with elastic joints, an ostrich can run at the quick speed of 60km per hour over very long distances in search of food and to escape predators. Come check out the world's largest and toughest land bird in the African Savanna.
The polar bear is another animal that has displayed remarkable endurance. Polar bears have been known to swim 161km in search of food! That's the equivalent of running an Olympic marathon, four times over! It is essential for them to have such endurance, in order to survive the extreme climate of the Arctic. So come on over to the Toronto Zoo and check out these mighty bears including our "marathoner" in training, Hudson, the polar bear cub at the Tundra Trek! We're placing our bet on the polar bear because he's Canadian eh?!
Favorites to make a splash!
Our Fish and endangered African penguin
Olympians are in no league to compete with fish. Fish have streamlined bodies that help them move in water, at speeds much faster than the fastest swimmer. Check out our beautiful tropical fish that would give the Olympic swimmers a race for the "fin"ish line, at the Great Barrier Reef Exhibit in the Australasia Pavilion.
Fish aren't the only creatures that can swim faster than world-class athletes. Our own endangered African penguins are quite speedy in water as well. With the help of their flipper-like wings and webbed feet, African penguins can maneuver their way through the water gracefully and at good speed! Come check them out waddling around in their enclosure at the African Savanna.
Favorites to swing and jump over their competition
The clouded leopard and The Golden lion tamarin
The animal kingdom is full of acrobats. One such animal is the clouded leopard. It climbs in an inverted position across horizontal branches, dropping directly onto its prey from above. It has the unique ability, among cats, to run down a tree head first. Check out the clouded leopard jumping from branch to branch at the Malayan Woods.
The Golden lion tamarin is known not only for its flaming orange mane but also its acrobatic abilities in trees. They are able to leap from branch to branch with great agility and speed. Claw-like nails on all digits except the big toe, allow them to cling to vertical surfaces, assisting them in locomotion. Come check out the beautiful Golden lion tamarin darting around in its enclosure at the Americas Pavilion.
Favorites to tussle their way to the Podium!
The Komodo Dragon
The mighty Komodo dragon is one of the toughest animals around and can easily knock out a professional wrestler. But in the wild, male Komodo dragons wrestle not to win an Olympic medal but for the attention of a female dragon. Standing up right with the help of their tails as balance, the dragons grab each other and try to force the opponent to the ground! The victor is the one standing at the end of the brawl. Come check out our ferocious modern day dragons fighting it out in the Australasia Pavilion.