Thanksgiving at the Toronto Zoo

Nestled in the heart of the Rouge National Urban Park with over 10KM of scenic walking trails, Toronto Zoo is one of the most picturesque spots in the city to enjoy the natural colours of fall this Thanksgiving weekend. It’s the perfect opportunity to check out our many photo opportunities around site, take advantage of the beautiful foliage, or capture a special moment with friends and family while surrounded by the Zoo’s 5,000+ animals.

See the Great Pumpkin at in the Front Courtyard! The Toronto Zoo welcomes a historic, and culturally rich icon, from the West end of the City. This is The Great Pumpkin from Plant World. Commissioned to be built by the Reeves family around 50 years ago, this piece of fall décor has been a defining feature for the Etobicoke business. After Kurt and Paul Reeves—the owners of Plant World—decided to close the business, they needed to find a home for their beloved sculpture.

The pumpkin is made of durable materials that withstands most weather conditions, making it perfect for the Zoo’s front entrance. “We have had people bring their children to the pumpkin because they played inside of it as children. We are hoping that it will be able to continue passing on great memories to more generations at the Toronto Zoo,” said Kurt Reeves, co-owner of Plant World. The Toronto Zoo is happy to provide a home for this memorable statue, offering many more generations to have great memories with it. Come and visit The Great Pumpkin and snap a photo through the end of October!

On Monday, October 14 at 2:00pm, see the Grizzly Bear Thanksgiving Feast! What goes into a Grizzly Bear “Thanksgiving Feast”, you ask? Well, 4 pumpkins, 6 beets, 40 carrots, 6 oranges, 12 corn on the cob, 2 squash, 4 pears, 15kg of capelin, 3kg of Toronto Zoo Canine Diet, 12 bunches of celery and 1kg of cranberries! 

Visit the Grizzly Bear Keeper Talk at 2:00pm on Monday as Samson and Shintay enjoy their very own special Thanksgiving Feast as they bulk up to prepare for hibernation. #nom

Also, check out a carnivore enrichment feeding this weekend! Enrichment at the Toronto Zoo aims to enhance our animals’ environments by providing them with opportunities that stimulate their natural behaviours.

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