What's New at the Toronto Zoo this Summer
The Toronto Zoo is Canada's premier zoo with over 5,000 animals representing more than 450 species in various regions and pavilions based on 7 geographical locations: Indo-Malaya, Africa, the Americas (North and South America), Eurasia Wilds, Tundra Trek, Australasia and Canadian Domain. Visitors can see animals both in indoor tropical pavilions and outdoor naturalistic environments, with barrier-free viewing.
The Toronto Zoo remains a top destination for locals and tourists, especially during the summer months. The Zoo is open every day except December 25. Hours do change seasonally so be sure to check torontozoo.com or call 416-392-5929 for hours of operation.
What's new in 2018 at the Toronto Zoo!
Amur Tigers – Returning in 2018 (Date to be announced)
The Amur tigers are returning to the Toronto Zoo! The endangered Amur tiger, the largest of all tigers, is returning after a five-year absence. The Amur Tiger Exhibit, formerly the Giant Panda Experience, is located within the Eurasia Wilds section and is home to two Amur tigers, female “Kira” and male “Vasili”. Visit the Toronto Zoo website for updates on the opening of this exhibit!
NEW! Aldabra Tortoise Outdoor Exhibit - Opening Summer 2018
Three mega-size Aldabra tortoises, one of the largest species of tortoise in the world, have returned to the Toronto Zoo and are calling the African Rainforest Pavilion home. The species has not lived at the Zoo since 1999 and currently shares residence with the zoo's ring-tailed lemurs in a mixed species exhibit. The three tortoises are referred to as ‘youngsters’ and are estimated to be 40 to 50 years old.
NEW! Asian Carp Exhibit
The Big, Bad, and Ugly Asian Carp Exhibit is now open for guests to see and experience for the first time in Canadian history! The newly opened exhibit can be found in the Indo-Malaya Pavilion and is home to three, of the four, invasive species of Asian Carps – bighead, black and grass.
NEW! Blanding’s Turtle Exhibit
The Blanding’s Turtle Exhibit is now open in the Americas Pavilion for guests to see and experience! This new exhibit offers a unique look into a turtle nursery where guests can watch the turtles grow and develop before being released into the wild.
NEW! Wild Weekdays at Toronto Zoo
Also new for this summer is an exciting nine-week events calendar, held weekdays starting July 2 to August 31, 2018. Whether you want to come and meet some of your favourite Character friends, take in a family-fun movie, bring your favourite plush for a check-up, paint with friends or take in a yoga session, there is something for everyone. Each event will have a special focus on the zoo’s mission of inspiring passion to protect wildlife and their habitats. Find out more at www.torontozoo.com/Wild.
NEW Wild Woods Zipline and Canopy Tour – Coming Summer 2018!
If your family is looking for a new adventure, the Toronto Zoo’s newest attraction is a must! Located within the scenic Rouge Valley, this ecologically themed zipline transports guests down a 300m parallel cable line at speeds exceeding 40 kms/hr which concludes with a thrilling zip drop off of the landing platform. Afterwards, guests will be transported by an ATV vehicle back up to the Indo-Malayan Pavilion. Find out more at www.torontozoo.com.
More Fun for the Kids:
During your visit, don't forget to drop by The Discovery Zone, a seasonal attraction that offers free interactive activities just for kids. You'll find Splash Island, the coolest spot to hang at the Zoo! This two acre splash pad features hands-on, non-stop fun among waterslides. There are bigger than life water-spouting animals, a waterfall, misters, and tipping buckets. The Kids Zoo has four-legged friends just waiting to meet you. There are unique photo opportunities as the kids pop up inside a plexiglass bubble to come face-to-face with a guinea pig, dig for dinosaur artifacts, whoosh down the tree house’s two storey slide or bird watch in a giant aviary. They'll see much-loved domestic animals like alpacas and goats, and more! For a more quiet activity, stop in daily at the outdoor Waterside Theatre for two animal shows including: “Homegrown Heroes”, which highlights Canadian species, and “A Bird’s Life”, which exclusively features birds. These family-friendly interactive shows will highlight natural animal skills that they show off around, over and within the audience. Splash Island, Waterside Theatre, Animal Shows and the Kids Zoo are all FREE with general admission!
There so much to see and do at the Toronto Zoo so make it part of your family's summer itinerary! For more information, visit torontozoo.com.