Animals From Around the WorldFrom hippos to giant baboon spiders, the animals at the Toronto Zoo are representative of six geographic regions: Africa, the Americas, the Canadian Domain, Australasia, Eurasia and Indo-Malaya. Cheetahs, and giraffes call the African Savanna section of the zoo home, and the African Rainforest Pavilion houses the renowned Gorilla Rainforest, one of the largest indoor gorilla exhibits in the world. The Americas Pavilion features a large collection of amphibians and reptiles including snapping turtles, alligators and rattlesnakes, as well as a huge variety of insects and fish. Head outside to the Americas Outdoor Exhibit to see the collection of spider monkeys, jaguars, llamas and flamingos. The grizzly bears, cougars and moose along with other North American species can be found in the Canadian Domain, while emus, kangaroos, hairy-nosed wombats and Komodo dragons are located in the Australasia Pavilion and outdoor area. Eurasia Wilds is home to snow leopards and the newly returned Amur tigers. Sumatran orangutans, Sumatran tigers and greater one-horned rhinos can be found in the Zoo’s Indo-Malaya region.
The Tundra TrekThe Toronto Zoo’s Tundra Trek spans ten acres and showcases exhibits of Arctic species, including a state-of-the-art polar bear habitat. This area covers five acres and features breeding and maternity areas as well as a viewing den where visitors can get up close and personal with the polar bears. The Tundra Trek is also home to Arctic wolves where the animals can be observed from the Wolf Bridge, as well as exhibits of Arctic foxes, caribou, snow geese and snowy owls. This area also provides educational information on the effects of global warming on the environment.
The Great Barrier Reef ExhibitVisitors will be mesmerized by the stunning collection of marine life in this exhibit, which is designed to showcase the underwater environment of the world’s largest coral reef system- the Great Barrier Reef. Located in the Australasia Pavilion, the focus of the exhibit is the 32,000 litre Great Barrier Reef Community Tank which stretches over 23 feet in length and is filled with over 1000 species of colourful coral reef marine life.
For the KidsKids can have tons of fun and learn at the same time at the Toronto Zoo’s Discovery Zone. This area features the two-acre Splash Island, a water play area with educational exhibits that kids of all ages will love on a hot summer day, the Kids Zoo with animals and several hand-on activities including an enormous sand pit where children can dig for fossils, and the open-air Waterside Theatre which offers daily animal shows.
Rides and RestaurantsAll regions of the Toronto Zoo are accessible on foot, but for those wanting to tour the major areas without walking a ride on the Zoomobile is a fun option. Open during the warmer seasons, visitors can purchase a wristband that can be used all day to hop-on and hop-off the Zoomobile at any of the five stations and view the animals in their outdoor habitats. There are several gift shops throughout the Toronto Zoo which also sell Zoomobile wristbands. Cafes, restaurants and fast-food outlets are situated in the different regions of the zoo including the Africa Restaurant which is open year-round and the seasonal Polar Patio which is licensed. Several picnic areas are also available. Click to book your Toronto tours.
Visiting Toronto ZooThe Toronto Zoo is accessible by car and public transit. The zoo is open year-round except for December 25th. The pavilions are heated so visiting during the winter season is comfortable; keep in mind however that when the weather gets colder fewer animals will be in their outdoor habitats. Strollers, wagons and locker rentals are available and wheelchairs can be rented for free with a refundable deposit.
Location: North of Hwy 401 on Meadowvale Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Click here to visit Toronto Zoo official website.By: Denise Marie
Published On: 2018-10-25
Updated On: 2019-11-12
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